A Matter of Dispute: Morality, Democracy, and Law by Christopher J. Peters

By Christopher J. Peters

Legislations frequently purports to require humans, together with govt officers, to behave in methods they believe are morally flawed or damaging. what's it approximately legislations that could justify this sort of claim?

In an issue of Dispute: Morality, Democracy, and legislation, Christopher J. Peters deals a solution to this query, one who illuminates the original attraction of democratic govt, the extraordinary constitution of adversary adjudication, and the contested legitimacy of constitutional judicial overview. Peters contends that legislations can be seen essentially as a tool for warding off or resolving disputes, a functionality that suggests sure middle houses of authoritative criminal tactics. these homes - competence and impartiality - supply democracy its virtue over different kinds of presidency. additionally they underwrite the adversary nature of common-law adjudication and the tasks and constraints of democratic judges. and so they floor a safeguard of constitutionalism and judicial evaluate opposed to power objections that these practices are "counter-majoritarian" and hence nondemocratic.

This paintings canvasses basic difficulties in the various disciplines of felony philosophy, democratic concept, philosophy of adjudication, and public-law thought and indicates a unified method of unraveling them. It additionally addresses useful questions of legislation and govt in a manner that are supposed to entice a person drawn to the complicated and sometimes stricken dating between morality, democracy, and the rule of thumb of law.

Written for experts and non-specialists alike, an issue of Dispute explains why each one folks separately, and we all jointly, have cause to obey the legislations - why democracy really is a process of presidency lower than legislation.

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I will not claim that the DR account adequately explains every aspect of legal authority. ) I will assert, rather, that the DR account does a better job in most circumstances than its chief competitors of explaining the core feature of legal authority, namely its capacity to provide strong reasons to take actions one believes to be morally suboptimal. Even this claim, however, will not be absolute; I will not assert that the DR account is the only plausible way to explain the specially obligatory nature of law, and indeed I suspect that no single account can provide a completely satisfactory explanation of that feature.

The Second Caveat: Sufficient, Not Necessary Nor, relatedly, will I claim that the DR account is the only account that fits our actual legal institutions and practices. I do tend to believe the DR account fits better than the alternatives with the central legal institutions and practices I discuss in this book, but I will make that case piecemeal rather than systematically; my goal will be to persuade readers that the DR account plausibly explains those practices and institutions and helps us think productively about some of their important features, not that they cannot adequately be understood without that account.

Dynamic Statutory Interpretation (1994). Not coincidentally, Eskridge is partly responsible for rejuvenating interest in the Hart and Sacks teaching materials by coediting them, with Philip Frickey, in a 1994 hardcover edition. See Hart & Sacks, supra note 29. 31. See Abram Chayes, The Role of the Judge in Public Law Litigation, 89 Harv. L. Rev. 1281 (1976); Owen M. Fiss, Foreword: The Forms of Justice, 93 Harv. L. Rev. 1, 25–27 (1979). 32. See Posner, supra note 20, at 94–96 (advocating pragmatism among American judges).

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