The Hart-Fuller Debate in the Twenty-First Century: 50 Years on

The Hart-Fuller Debate in the Twenty-First Century: 50 Years on


Edited by Peter Cane, Contributions by Brian Bix, Contributions by Margaret Davies, Contributions by Karen Knop, Contributions by Christopher Kutz, Contributions by Desmond Manderson, Contributions by Richard H. McAdams, Contributions by Ngaire Naffine, Contributions by Philip Pettit, Contributions by Gerald J. Postema


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  • Publisher: Hart Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 26mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1841138940
  • ISBN 13: 9781841138947
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,013,438

Product description

This book presents the papers and comments on those papers delivered at a colloquium held at the Australian National University in December 2008 to celebrate 50 years since the publication in the Harvard Law Review of the famous and wide-ranging debate between HLA Hart and Lon L Fuller. These essays do not to re-run that debate and they are not confined to discussion of the jurisprudential issues canvassed by Hart and Fuller. Rather they pick up on strands in the debate and re-think them in the light of social, political and intellectual developments in the past 50 years and changed ways of understanding law and other normative systems. This collection looks forward rather than backward using the debate as a point of departure and inspiration.

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Author information

Peter Cane is Professor and Director of the John Fleming Centre for Advancement of Legal Research at the Australian National University.

Review quote

... the ideal entrance point into the famous debate between H.L.A. Hart and L. Fuller. The aim of Cane's edited collection is twofold: the chapters grapple with the debate on its own terms, while extracting lessons for the modern world. The book is remarkably successful at both tasks This book promises to be a source of questions for the curious minds of all philosophical persuasions. Margaret Martin Ethics July 2012

Table of contents

1. Out of the 'Witches' Cauldron'? Reinterpreting the Context and Reassessing the Significance of the Hart-Fuller Debate Nicola Lacey 2. Human Rights and the Rule of Law After Conflict Hilary Charlesworth 3. The Hart-Fuller Debate's Silence on Human Rights Karen Knop 4. International Criminal Law and the Inner Morality of Law Larry May 5. On Visibility and Secrecy in International Criminal Law Christopher Kutz 6. The Hart-Fuller Debate, Transitional Societies and the Rule of Law Martin Krygier 7. Legal Pluralism and the Contrast Between Hart's Jurisprudence and Fuller's Jeremy Waldron 8. The Politics of Defining Law Margaret Davies 9. Law as a Means Leslie Green 10. Comment on 'Law as a Means' Anthony J Sebok 11. Two Turns of the Screw Desmond Manderson 12. The Common Discourse of Hart and Fuller Ngaire Naffine 13. How Norms Become Normative Philip Pettit 14. Resentment, Excuse and Norms Richard H McAdams 15. Positivism and the Separation of Realists from their Scepticism: Normative Guidance, the Rule of Law and Legal Reasoning Gerald J Postema 16. Legal Reasoning, the Rule of Law and Legal Theory Brian H Bix