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Respect, Authority & Neutrality

26 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2010  

Joseph Raz

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Columbia University - Law School; King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: February 20, 2010


The paper is a critique of three papers, by Stephen Wall, Leslie Green and Stephen Darwall. In part it defends, and at times modifies my views on respect for people, practical Authority & political neutrality. And in parts it critiques the views of Wall, Green and Darwall. The criticque of Darwall extends to his views on rights, duties and second-personal reasons. This version is very close to, though not entirely identical with the article which will be published in Ethics.

Keywords: Political Neutrality, Authority, Respect for People, Rights, Duties, Darwall, Wall, Green

Suggested Citation

Raz, Joseph, Respect, Authority & Neutrality (February 20, 2010). Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 30/2010. Available at SSRN: or

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