The Tradition of Legal Positivism in Modern Legal Thought

  • William E. Conklin
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 52)


Why do jurists and officials consider certain norms/rules as legally binding? How is it possible for officials to insist that their role is not to question the political wisdom or substantive moral content of norms/rules? Why do lawyers and judges, to be more specific, observe from the sidelines, as it were, as if their norms/rules were impersonal and their decisions distanced?


Legal Theory Legal Authority Personal Virtue Legal Structure Legal Philosophy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William E. Conklin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of WindsorCanada
  2. 2.Clare HallCambridge UniversityUK

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