Wrongs and Duties

Neil MacCormick

in Institutions of Law

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780198267911
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191714832 | DOI:

Series: Law, State, and Practical Reason

 Wrongs and Duties

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Law is sometimes said to rest on a fundamental binary distinction, that between right and wrong. This chapter explores this distinction of right and wrong. It then attempts to tease out some particular juridical usages of the ideas of ‘duty’ and ‘obligation’, to show that we might not wish to treat these as fundamental in the same way, but as having somewhat specialized functions in denoting particular kinds of normative position or relation.

Keywords: law; right; wrong; duty; obligation

Chapter.  7899 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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