Chapter

Ideas that Endure

Laurence Claus

in Law’s Evolution and Human Understanding

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199735099
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735099.003.0005
Ideas that Endure

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The word “authority” is valuably used as a synonym for law and for government, not as a defining ingredient in what makes words law and what makes people lawgivers. The word “legitimacy” is valuably used to affirm the moral value of helping to maintain a legal system by acting in accordance with the system's predictions. Revolution is any unpredicted turn in a legal system's evolution. Revolutionary action may or may not be morally justified, all things considered; when people believe it wrong, they call it illegitimate. The word “sovereignty” speaks to how independent a community and its legal system are from other communities.

Keywords: authority; legitimacy; revolution; sovereignty; independence of systems

Chapter.  3818 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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