The Irrelevance of Moral Objectivity

Jeremy Waldron

in Law and Disagreement

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198262138
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682308 | DOI:
The Irrelevance of Moral Objectivity

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This chapter examines the implications of moral realism and objectivity for law, legality, legislation, and adjudication. In concludes that in the end it is moral disagreement, not moral subjectivity, that gives rise to worries about judicial moralizing. And since realists have almost nothing of interest to say about the resolution of moral disagreement, they have nothing to offer to allay those concerns.

Keywords: moral realism; objectivity; legality; legislation; adjudication; moral subjectivity; judicial moralizing

Chapter.  11430 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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