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legal positivism notes - LEGAL POSITIVISM VS LEGAL...

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LEGAL POSITIVISM VS. LEGAL NATURALISM I. What is the debate about? a. Natural law:   legal norms must satisfy moral norms in  order to be counted as law. i. There is a “moral reality” that is supposed to be  the source of all of our legal  rules/regulations/etc…. b. Legal positivism:   properly created norms are laws,  regardless of whether they are “moral” or “immoral.” i. “Positivism:”  possibly to make clear the  positivists’ view that our laws as “posited” rather  than just being “natural,” or having their source in  some kind of a natural morality.  ii. Thus, there is a “separation of law and morality” iii. Law exists as a result of the nature of our social  necessities/realities/facts/etc…. a. Commands, conventions, agreements,  etc. Thus, natural law tells us that there is a necessary connection   between law and morality, and legal positivism claims that no   such connection exists. II. Yes, but who cares? a. Good question!  Why would this debate matter to: i. A judge? 1
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ii. A lawyer? iii. A plaintiff? iv. A legislator? v. A defendant? vi. You?      III. A closer look at legal positivism a. Two main theses: i. Legal validity is totally separated from morality. ii. Normative questions (what the law ought to be) 
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 146 taught by Professor Gotlib during the Spring '07 term at Binghamton.

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