The Reason of the Law

(2003) 48 American Journal of Jurisprudence 83‐106

19 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2019

Date Written: October 9, 2003


Moral premises are required in sound reasoning to the conclusion that a community does or does not (more or less) attain the rule of law. Those moral premises include, for example, the principle that judges should act with comity toward executive agencies. A failure in that moral requirement of comity is a failure to attain the rule of law. Because the ideal of the rule of law necessarily has a moral content, there is a necessary connection between law and morality -­ albeit a modest connection that is compatible with deep moral defects in the law.

Keywords: rule of law, comity, morality, law, justiciability, reason

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Endicott, Timothy A.O., The Reason of the Law (October 9, 2003). (2003) 48 American Journal of Jurisprudence 83‐106. Available at SSRN:

Timothy A.O. Endicott (Contact Author)

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