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The Normative Claim of Law


ISBN13: 9781841139678
Published: October 2009
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book focuses on a specific component of the normative dimension of law, namely, the normative claim of law. By 'normative claim' we mean the claim that inherent in the law is an ability to guide action by generating practical reasons having a special status. The thesis that law lays the normative claim has become a subject of controversy: it has its defenders, as well as many scholars of different orientations who have acknowledged the normative claim of law without making a point of defending it head-on. It has also come under attack from other contemporary legal theorists, and around the normative claim a lively debate has sprung up. This debate makes up the main subject of this book, which is in essence an attempt to account for the normative claim and see how its recognition moulds our understanding of the law itself. This involves (a) specifying the exact content, boundaries, quality, and essential traits of the normative claim, (b) explaining how the law can make a claim so specified, and (c) justifying why this should happen in the first place. The argument is set out in two stages, corresponding to the two parts in which the book is divided. In the first part, the author introduces and discusses the meaning, status, and fundamental traits of the normative claim of law; in the second he explores some foundational questions and determines the grounds of the normative claim of law by framing an account that elaborates on some contemporary discussions of Kant's conception of humanity as the source of the normativity of practical reason.

Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction
Part I: Essential Features
Chapter 1: Meaning and Status
Chapter 2: Generality and Moral Nature
Chapter 3: Content-Dependence and Discursive Character
Part II: Ground
Chapter 4: Why Grounds are Needed
Chapter 5: The Sources of the Normativity of Practical Reason
Chapter 6: The Ground of the Normative Claim and Normativity of Law
Conclusion
Appendix: The Modified Kantian Account and Kant's Philosophy of Law

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