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Practical Reason and Norms by Joseph Raz
  

Practical Reason and Norms

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Practical Reason and Norms by Joseph Raz

Practical Reason and Norms focuses on three problems: In what way are rules normative, and how do they differ from ordinary reasons? What makes normative systems systematic? What distinguishes legal systems, and in what consists their normativity? All three questions are answered by taking reasons as the basic normative concept, and showing the distinctive role reasons have in every case, thus paving the way to a unified account of normativity. Rules are a structure of reasons to perform the required act and an exclusionary reason not to follow some competing reasons. Exclusionary reasons are explained, and used to unlock the secrets of orders, promises, and decisions as well as rules. Games are used to exemplify normative systems. Inevitably, the analysis extends to some aspects of normative discourse, which is truth-apt, but with a diminished assertoric force.

Reviews

Any serious reader should recognize the volume's rigor, sophistication, subtlety, and admirable ambitious sweep. It remains Raz's most impressive achievement ... the republication of Practical Reason and Norms ... is a welcome event. Anyone interested in legal or moral philosophy ... would be advised to pursue it. Matthew H Kramer, Cambridge Law Journal


About the Author

Joseph Raz is Professor of the Philosophy of Law at the University of Oxford and is Visiting Fellow of Jurisprudence at Columbia University in New York.

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Book Info

Publication date

9th September 1999

Author

Joseph Raz

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Publisher

Oxford University Press
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Format

Paperback
220 pages

Categories

Jurisprudence & philosophy of law
Philosophy: logic
Social theory

ISBN

9780198268345

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