The Nature of Law

[Revised entry by Andrei Marmor and Alexander Sarch on August 7, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Lawyers are typically interested in the question: What is the law on a particular issue?
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[Revised entry by Andrei Marmor and Alexander Sarch on August 7, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Lawyers are typically interested in the question: What is the law on a particular issue? This is always a local question and answers to it are bound to differ according to the specific jurisdiction in which they are asked. In contrast, philosophy of law is interested in the general question: What is Law? This general question about the nature of law presupposes that law is a unique social-political phenomenon, with more or less universal...

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