Joseph Raz

in Practical Reason and Norms

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268345
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683503 | DOI:

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This is a book about the theory of norms. The expression ‘norm’ is used as a term of art. The nearest English equivalent is ‘rule’. Rules, however, are of a variety of logical types and the present book is concerned with only some of them, which it shall call ‘norms’. These include some of the more important kinds of rules such as those which are sometimes called categorical rules, that is, rules which require that a certain action be performed, as well as rules granting permissions. The key concept for the explanation of norms is that of reasons for action. The main difficulty in explaining rules is to understand their relations to reasons for action. The central thesis of the book is that some kinds of rules (categorical and permissive rules) are reasons for action of a special type, and that other rules (power-conferring rules) are logically related to such reasons.

Keywords: norm; art; rule; permissions; reasons for action

Chapter.  2035 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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