Lon L. Fuller: <i>The Morality of Law</i>

H. L. A. Hart

in Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy

Published in print November 1983 | ISBN: 9780198253884
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681431 | DOI:
Lon L. Fuller: The Morality of Law

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This chapter discusses Lon L. Fuller's book The Morality of Law. This imaginative, original, and thought-provoking book is richly stocked with a variety of themes, many of which deserve a much fuller treatment than this chapter accords to them. Its central theme is the unique virtue of conceiving of law and even of defining ‘law’ as ‘the [purposive] enterprise of subjecting human conduct to the governance of rules’. The morality of duty and the morality of aspiration, and the inner and external moralities of law are described. In this book, Fuller considers the appropriateness to different types of issue of different decision-procedures, among them adjudication and majority vote.

Keywords: Lon Fuller; The Morality of Law; human conduct; morality of aspiration

Chapter.  8788 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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