Moral Puzzles and Legal Perplexities

Essays on the Influence of Larry Alexander

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Abstract

Drawing inspiration from the profoundly influential work of legal theorist Larry Alexander, this volume tackles central questions in criminal law, constitutional law, jurisprudence, and moral philosophy. What are the legitimate conditions of blame and punishment? What values are at the heart of constitutional protections against discrimination or infringements of free speech? Must judges interpret statutes and constitutional provisions in ways that comport with the intentions of those who wrote them? Can the law obligate us to violate the demands of morality, and when can the law allow the rights of the few to be violated for the good of the many? This collection of essays by world-renowned legal theorists is for anyone interested in foundational questions about the law's authority, the conditions of its fair application to citizens, and the moral justifications of the rights, duties, and permissions that it protects.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages488
ISBN (Electronic)9781108227025
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2019

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Theorists
Intentions
Criminal Law
Statute
Constitutional Law
Freedom of Speech
Moral Justification
Moral philosophy
Permission
Morality
Punishment
Discrimination
Authority
Jurisprudence

Keywords

  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • LAW
  • United States
  • Criminal law
  • Constitutional law

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