Chapter 28. Law and Its Normativity

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Roger A. Shiner Professor

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch28

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Shiner, R. A. (2010) Law and Its Normativity, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 2

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 4

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • law and its normativity - distinguishing between normative and descriptive;
  • law's linking to background political morality - and what underwrites normativity of law;
  • “externalist accounts” - theories not explaining normativity of law from resources within the law itself;
  • exclusive legal positivism;
  • Michael Moore and semantic realism;
  • law and economics - approach to normativity of law;
  • primary functions of law - regulation of distribution of resources in society;
  • natural law theory, associated primarily with Thomas Aquinas;
  • Weinrib's legal formalism;
  • Inclusive legal positivism - internalism about normativity of law

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Externalist Accounts

  • Internalist Accounts

  • Descriptivist Accounts

  • Naturalized Jurisprudence

  • Conclusion

  • References