The Ideal of the Rule of Law
University of Southern California - Gould School of Law
BLACKWELL COMPANION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW AND LEGAL THEORY, Blackwell Publishing, Forthcoming
USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 08-6
In this short essay I argue that the ideal of the rule of law is based on the thesis that it is good, morally speaking, to be governed by law. I present a structured argument in support of this thesis, which is not based on any controversial assumptions about the nature of law. Finally, I propose a reply to Raz's argument that the values of the rule are basically functional, and to the extent that there is any moral worth associated with these functional values they are only negative values.
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Date posted: March 19, 2008 ; Last revised: April 10, 2008
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