16 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 10, 2013
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.
Keywords: principles, rules, standards
JEL Classification: K10, K39
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Alexander, Larry, What are Principles, and Do They Exist? (June 10, 2013). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-119. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2277787 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2277787