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Law and Authority under the Guise of the Good

By: Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
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Published: 01-12-2014
Format: EPUB eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 224
ISBN: 9781782254270
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Law and Practical Reason
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About Law and Authority under the Guise of the Good

The received view on the nature of legal authority contains the idea that a sound account of legitimate authority will explain how a legal authority has a right to command and the addressee a duty to obey. The received view fails to explain, however, how legal authority truly operates upon human beings as rational creatures with specific psychological makeups. This book takes a bottom-up approach, beginning at the microscopic level of agency and practical reason and leading to the justificatory framework of authority. The book argues that an understanding of the nature of legal normativity involves an understanding of the nature and structure of practical reason in the context of the law, and advances the idea that legal authority and normativity are intertwined. This point can be summarised thus: if we are able to understand both how the agent exercises his or her practical reason under legal directives and commands and how the agent engages his or her practical reason by following legal rules grounded on reasons for actions as good-making characteristics, then we can fully grasp the nature of legal authority and legal normativity. Using the philosophies of action enshrined in the works of Elisabeth Anscombe, Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, the study explains practical reason as diachronic future-directed intention in action and argues that this conception illuminates the structure of practical reason of the legal rules' addressees. The account is comprehensive and enables us to distinguish authoritative and normative legal rules in just and good legal systems from 'apparent' authoritative and normative legal rules of evil legal systems. At the heart of the book is the methodological view of a 'practical turn' to elucidate the nature of legal normativity and authority.

Table Of Contents

1 Legal Authority and Normativity: Rediscovering a Hidden Relationship
2 Law as an Actuality
3 The Guise of the Good Model
4 Understanding the Nature and Structure of Practical Reason: Excavating the Classical Tradition
5 A Defence of the Parasitic Thesis: A Re-examination of Hart's Internal Point of View
6 A Defence of the Parasitic Thesis II: Does Kelsen's Notion of Legal Normativity Rest on a Mistake?
7 Authorities' Claims as Expressions of Intentions
8 Authority and Normativity: A Defence of the 'Ethical-Political' Account of Legal Authority
9 The Epistemology of Modestly Objective Values and Robust Value Realism

Reviews

“This is a truly path-breaking book. No one will look at this subject the same way after reading this book.” –  Professor Dennis Patterson, European University Institute and University of Rutgers, USA,

“The book is not an easy read (...) but Rodriguez-Blanco's originality in discussing these important topics in jurisprudence is definitely worth the time and effort.” –  Juan Vega Gomez, Law and Philosophy

“Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco's Law and Authority under the Guise of the Good is a sophisticated book.” –  G. Webber, Jurisprudence

“This innovative monograph should greatly interest anyone working in general legal philosophy.” –  Ori J Herstein, Mind

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