What are Principles, and Do They Exist?
University of San Diego School of Law
June 10, 2013
San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-119
In this paper I distinguish principles from rules and standards and ask if there are norms that fit this description. I conclude that these may be moral principles but that there are no legal principles. Accounts of law such as Dworkin’s and Alexy’s, in which legal principles play a role, are thus vitiated.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: principles, rules, standards
JEL Classification: K10, K39
Date posted: June 13, 2013
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