Ethics in the Public Domain: Essays in the Morality of Law and Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

This important collection of essays opens with a pivotal essay on the implications of the moral duties which arise out of concern for the well-being of others. The first part of the book concentrates on the consequences of two central aspects of well-being: the importance of membership in groups -- the role of belonging -- and the active character of well-being -- that it largely consists in successful activities. Both aspects have far-reaching political implications, explored in essays on free expression, national self-determination, and multiculturalism, among others. Against the background of the moral and political views developed in the first part, the second part of the book explores various aspects of the dynamic inter-relations between law and morality, offering some building blocks towards a theory of law.
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"The arguments throughout both sections are carefully and reasonably developed and invariably shed significant light on the principles addressed."--Choice

"...a powerful collection of essays on morality, politics, and law."--The Journal of Philosophy

"Joseph Raz is the creator of a distinctive, powerful, and appealing philosophical vision, further defended and elaborated in this fine collection of sixteen essays."--The Philosophical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198260691
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

I: The Ethics of Well-Being: Political Implications
Duties of Well-Being
Rights and Individual Well-Being
Facing Diversity: The Case of Epistemic Abstinence
Liberalism, Scepticism, and Democracy
National Self-Determination (with A. Margalit)
Freedom of Expression and Personal Identification
Multiculturalism: A Liberal Perspective
II: Between Law and Morality
The Problem about the Nature of Law
The Inner Logic of the Law
Legal Rights
Authority, Law, and Morality
The Relevance of Coherence
On the Autonomy of Legal Reasoning
The Obligation to Obey: Revision and Tradition
Government by Consent
The Politics of the Rule of Law

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