Objectivity in Law and Morals

Objectivity in Law and Morals

Hardback Cambridge Studies in Philosophy & Law

Edited by Brian Leiter, Series edited by Gerald J. Postema, Series edited by Jules L. Coleman, Series edited by Antony Duff, Series edited by David Lyons, Series edited by Neil MacCormick, Series edited by Stephen R. Munzer, Series edited by Philip Pettit, Series edited by Joseph Raz, Series edited by Jeremy Waldron


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  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 232mm x 28mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521554306
  • ISBN 13: 9780521554305
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

The seven original essays included in this volume from 2000, written by some of the world's most distinguished moral and legal philosophers, offer a sophisticated perspective on issues about the objectivity of legal interpretation and judicial decision-making. They examine objectivity from both metaphysical and epistemological perspectives and develop a variety of approaches, constructive and critical, to the fundamental problems of objectivity in morality. One of the key issues explored is that of the alleged 'domain-specificity' of conceptions of objectivity, i.e. whether there is a conception of objectivity appropriate for ethics that is different in kind from the conception of objectivity appropriate for other areas of study. This volume considers the intersection between objectivity in ethics and objectivity in law. It presents a survey of live issues in metaethics, and examines their relevance to theorizing about law and adjudication.

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'The contributors to this collection are diverse and of high quality ... all of the contributions discuss topics that are important and difficult, and do so at a very high level of clarity and sophistication. I would strongly recommend Objectivity in Law and Morals to anyone who is working in legal and moral philosophy.' Modern Law Review

Table of contents

Contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction Brian Leiter; 1. Legal interpretation, objectivity and morality David O. Brink; 2. Objectivity, morality and adjudication Brian Leiter; 3. Objectivity fit for law Gerald J. Postema; 4. Objective values: does metaethics rest on a mistake? Sigrun Svavarsdottir; 5. Notes on value and objectivity Joseph Raz; 6. Embracing objectivity in ethics Philip Pettit; 7. Pathetic ethics David Sosa; Bibliography; Index.