Law and Morality: One Hundred Years of Solitude

37 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2021 Last revised: 26 May 2022

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Rafael Domingo

University of Navarra - School of Law

Date Written: November 5, 2021


This article provides a sweeping overview of the long-running debate on the relationship between law and morality, starting with the 1934 publication of Hans Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law and continuing to the present (Robert Alexy, John Finnis). Deftly analyzed in this work are the noteworthy arguments of Anglo-Saxon legal positivists H.L.A. Hart and Joseph Raz, Ronald Dworkin’s harsh critique of positivism, critical contributions to the debate by John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas, and advances in natural law theory put forward by Jacques Maritain, Michel Villey, John Finnis, and Javier Hervada.

Keywords: law, morality, ethics, positivism, natural law, Hart, Finnis, Dworkin, Kelsen, Theology

Suggested Citation

Domingo Osle, Rafael, Law and Morality: One Hundred Years of Solitude (November 5, 2021). CSLR Research Paper No. 4.2022-AFF, Available at SSRN: or

Rafael Domingo Osle (Contact Author)

University of Navarra - School of Law ( email )

Universidad de Navarra
Campus Universitario
Pamplona, Navarra 31009

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