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Aquinas’s Theory of Conscience and Legal Reasoning

  • Alexander Nikolaevich Shytov
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 54)

Abstract

A typical definition of the concept of legal reasoning has been given by Neil McCormick. Legal reasoning for him “is the process of argumentation as a process of justification.”1 Bengoetxea who is influenced by MacCormick insists on the separation of moral and technically legal argumentation.2 Although legal argumentation can contain moral argumentation there is still an area of judicial decisions which is free from moral judgements. Therefore, legal reasoning does not necessarily involve moral arguments, and consequently, can be carried out without judgements of conscience. But the problem arises of whether, in the course of arriving at a legal decision, the judge’s resolution to disregard any moral reasons is already a sort of moral judgement?

Keywords

Moral Judgement Moral Responsibility Moral Agent Legal Rule Legal Reasoning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Nikolaevich Shytov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of LawStavropol State UniversityStavropolRussia
  2. 2.Commercial Law and EthicsMae Jo UniversityChiang MaiThailand

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