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Hobbes (and Austin, and Aquinas) on Law as Command of the Sovereign  

Mark C. Murphy

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Mar 2016
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Dec 2013
Both Thomas Hobbes and John Austin identify civil law with commands issued by a sovereign; thus it is common to think of Austin’s theory of law as closely continuous with Hobbes’s view. ... More

Law and Natural Law  

Michael Baur

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
Aquinas's account of law as an ordering of reason for the common good of a community depends on the mereology that covered his theory of parthood relations, including the relations of ... More

Legal Philosophy in America  

Brian H. Bix

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
This article offers an overview of the major areas and approaches where American theorists have offered significant contributions to legal philosophy. The first section discusses American ... More

Leibniz as Jurist  

Alberto Artosi and Giovanni Sartor

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Dec 2018
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Jul 2016
This chapter discusses Leibniz’s contribution to legal theory and the significance of his legal engagements for his intellectual development. It opens by presenting Leibniz’s legal career, ... More

Natural Law  

Anthony J. Lisska

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the meta-ethical presuppositions necessary for understanding the ethical naturalism common to several contemporary natural law arguments. This analysis, while ... More

Natural Law  

S.A. Lloyd

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Mar 2016
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Nov 2015
In this chapter, I argue that the laws of nature that comprise Hobbes’s moral philosophy and both ground and constrain his political philosophy articulate a requirement of reciprocity. ... More

Virtue and Law  

Terence H. Irwin

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
Recent writers have commended Aristotle to the attention of contemporary moral philosophers on the grounds that he is a virtue theorist. If one commends Aristotle as a virtue theorist, one ... More

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