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Philosophy of Law

Andrei Marmor


This book provides a comprehensive analysis of contemporary debates about the fundamental nature of law—an issue that has been at the heart of legal philosophy for centuries. What the law is seems to be a matter of fact, but this fact has normative significance: it tells people what they ought to do. The book argues that the myriad questions raised by the factual and normative features of law actually depend on the possibility of reduction—whether the legal domain can be explained in terms of something else, more foundational in nature. In addition to exploring the major issues in contemporary ... More

Keywords: law, legal philosophy, reduction, legal thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691141671
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691141671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrei Marmor, author
University of Southern California