Chapter 39. Authority of Law

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Vincent A. Wellman

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch39

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

Wellman, V. A. (2010) Authority of Law, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch39

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. Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, USA

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:

  • authority of law;
  • political philosophy and philosophy of law - idea of authority, issues regarding justification of government;
  • idea of authority finding application - in wide variety of contexts;
  • forms and limits of authority;
  • Raz's approach to authority - roots the idea in a larger framework of practical reasoning;
  • paradoxes of authority;
  • justification of authority;
  • authority and obligation to obey the law;
  • “legal authority ” - a statute or judicial decision

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Authority?

  • The Forms and Limits of Authority

  • The Paradoxes of Authority

  • The Justification of Authority

  • Authority and the Obligation to Obey the Law

  • Legal Authority

  • Conclusion

  • References