According to Law

Analysis (Forthcoming)

7 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2022 Last revised: 16 Feb 2023

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Adam Perry

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 20, 2022


Legal discourse consists largely of legal claims. These are claims that there is a legal obligation, legal right, or other legal incident. What is the meaning of “legal obligation”, “legal right”, and so on in legal claims? The standard view among philosophers of law is that “legal” indicates that, according to law, there is a moral obligation, moral right, or other moral incident. Here I set out a new objection to the standard view. The objection is that the standard view is unable to account for the use of legal claims in some common forms of logically complex arguments.

Keywords: legal obligation, legal duty, legal point of view, legal perspective

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Perry, Adam, According to Law (April 20, 2022). Analysis (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: or

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