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Legitimate Authority<sup>*</sup>

Joseph Raz

in The authority of law

Published in print August 1979 | ISBN: 9780198253457
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681400 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198253457.003.0001
Legitimate Authority*

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The notion of authority is one of the most controversial concepts found in legal and political philosophy. It has been included in the discussion of legitimate forms of social organization and legitimate forms of political action. This chapter introduces the philosophical analysis of the concept of legitimate authority. In it, the two main problems surrounding the concept of authority are discussed: the methodological problem of how to avoid confusing the various distinct problems involving the notion of authority and the problem of the paradoxes of authority.

Keywords: authority; legal philosophy; political philosophy; philosophical; legitimate authority

Chapter.  10691 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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