The Passion for Reason

  • Aleksander Peczenik
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 41)


Moral values play a great role in legal argumentation and decision making. To be sure, both are based on such institutional sources as statutes, precedents, legislative history etc. Yet, even justice is obviously relevant in legal reasoning. This has been the case since times immemorial, e.g. in Rome (where the common law, ius gentium was supposed to express justice), England (law and equity) and also Scandinavia (“lov” and “dom”). In modem law, the statutes are sometimes “read” in the way alien to a layman, in order to obtain reasonable decisions.


Prima Facie Legal Rule Legal Theory Legal Norm Legal Reasoning 
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  • Aleksander Peczenik
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  1. 1.Unversity of LundSweden

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