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The Legal Theory of Ethical Positivism

1st Edition

By Tom D. Campbell


312 pages

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Hardback: 9781855211711
pub: 1996-03-07
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The Legal Theory of Ethical Positivism re-establishes some of the dogmas of classical legal positivism regarding the separation of legizlation and adjudication and the feasibility of institutionalizing the morally neutral application of rules as an ideal capable of significant realization. This is supplemented by an analysis of the formal similarities of the morally and legally adjudicative points of view which offers the prospects of attributing a degree of moral authority to positivistic rule application in particular cases. These theories are worked through in their application to specific problem areas, particularly freedom of communication.

Table of Contents

Contents: Ethical Positivism; The Tragic Paradox of Politics; The Roles of Rules; Positivist Ideals; The Ethics of Positivism; Ethical Interpretations; Humane Rights And Freedom of Expression; The Political Choices within Freedom of Speech; Positivist Defamation Law; Conclusion.

About the Series

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy
The principal objective of this series is to encourage the publication of books which adopt a theoretical approach to the study of particular areas or aspects of law, or deal with general theories of law in a way which is directed at issues of practical, moral and political concern in specific legal contexts. The general approach is both analytical and critical and relates to the socio-political background of law reform issues. This series includes studies of all the main areas of law, presented in a manner which relates to the concerns of specialist legal academics and practitioners. Each book makes an original contribution to an area of legal study while being comprehensible to those engaged in a wide variety of disciplines. Their legal content is principally Anglo-American, but a wide-ranging comparative approach is encouraged and authors are drawn from a variety of jurisdictions.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy