Noting that considerable jurisprudential controversy has arisen
because of the various theoretical rationales for obeying the law,
ranging from the obvious clubs and guns through an appreciation of
formal authority to undiluted moral claims, McCoubrey (law, U. of
Hull, England) traces the inconsistency to a misperception of
conventional linguistic usage. She finds that obligation has at least
three different meanings, and that its application in law rests upon
the interaction of all three in the context of any given positive
legal proposition. Derives from a 1990 doctoral thesis for the
University of Nottingham.
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