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date: 26 April 2017

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This chapter reviews The Morality of Law, by Lon L. Fuller, one of the most important books in jurisprudence published in the twentieth century. Fuller offers an account of the rule of law and its connection to morality that has influenced not only legal philosophers, but also a wide range of political theorists and social scientists. This chapter provides some background that led to the publication of The Morality of Law, considering in particular Fuller’s response to Hart’s lecture on legal positivism, delivered in 1956 at the Harvard Law School. It also discusses the publication of The Morality of Law in 1964 and its description of eight “principles of legality”: generality, promulgation, no retroactive laws, clarity, no contradictions, no laws requiring the impossible, constancy of the law through time, and congruence between the official action and declared rule.

Keywords: The Morality of Law, Lon L. Fuller, jurisprudence, H. L. A. Hart, The Concept of Law, legal theory, rule of law, morality, principles of legality, legal positivism

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