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Objectivity in Law and Morals


  • Page extent: 368 pages
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.54 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521041492)

The seven original essays included in this volume from 2000, written by some of the world's most distinguished moral and legal philosophers, offer a sophisticated perspective on issues about the objectivity of legal interpretation and judicial decision-making. They examine objectivity from both metaphysical and epistemological perspectives and develop a variety of approaches, constructive and critical, to the fundamental problems of objectivity in morality. One of the key issues explored is that of the alleged 'domain-specificity' of conceptions of objectivity, i.e. whether there is a conception of objectivity appropriate for ethics that is different in kind from the conception of objectivity appropriate for other areas of study. This volume considers the intersection between objectivity in ethics and objectivity in law. It presents a survey of live issues in metaethics, and examines their relevance to theorizing about law and adjudication.

• Of interest to both moral, political and legal philosophers, and lawyers concerned with the objectivity of the legal system • Original essays by leading figures in moral and legal philosophy • Contains a comprehensive bibliography of literature on the objectivity of ethics and literature on the objectivity of law


Contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction Brian Leiter; 1. Legal interpretation, objectivity and morality David O. Brink; 2. Objectivity, morality and adjudication Brian Leiter; 3. Objectivity fit for law Gerald J. Postema; 4. Objective values: does metaethics rest on a mistake? Sigrún Svavarsdóttir; 5. Notes on value and objectivity Joseph Raz; 6. Embracing objectivity in ethics Philip Pettit; 7. Pathetic ethics David Sosa; Bibliography; Index.


'The contributors to this collection are diverse and of high quality … all of the contributions discuss topics that are important and difficult, and do so at a very high level of clarity and sophistication. I would strongly recommend Objectivity in Law and Morals to anyone who is working in legal and moral philosophy.' Modern Law Review


Brian Leiter, David O. Brink, Gerald J. Postema, Sigrún Svavarsdóttir, Joseph Raz, Phillip Pettit, David Sosa

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