Desanctification of Law and the Problem of Absolutes

25 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2016 Last revised: 14 Dec 2016

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Jeremy Waldron

New York University School of Law

Date Written: June 5, 2016

Abstract

In this paper, I try to connect some vague and inconclusive thoughts about (what a Weberian would call) the desanctification of modern law to our difficulty in deploying certain kinds of moral ideas in our evaluation of law.

Keywords: Absolute Principles, Formalism, Legal Realism, Mala in Se, Morality, Rationality, Technicality, Weber

Suggested Citation

Waldron, Jeremy, Desanctification of Law and the Problem of Absolutes (June 5, 2016). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-47. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2848584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2848584

Jeremy Waldron (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10012-1099
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