Symposium: The Pursuit of Philosophy: Some Cambridge Perspectives
What Is Legal Philosophy?
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2012
© 2012 The Author. Metaphilosophy © 2012 Metaphilosophy LLC and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 43, Issue 1-2, pages 125–134, January 2012
How to Cite
Kramer, M. H. (2012), What Is Legal Philosophy?. Metaphilosophy, 43: 125–134. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2012.01726.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2012
- legal positivism;
- legal philosophy;
- legal rights;
- rule of law;
This article delineates some of the main issues that are debated by philosophers of law. It explores the connections between legal philosophy and other areas of philosophy, while also seeking to specify the distinctiveness of many of the concerns that have preoccupied philosophers of law. It illustrates its abstract points with examples focused on the separability of law and morality, the nature of the rule of law, the nature of rights, justifications for the imposition of punishment, and the identification of basic legal entitlements.