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Combining Finnis with Kelsen

I have looked at two theories that define legal law, (1) the theory of Hans Kelsen, who argues that law is completely separate from morality, and (2) the theory of John Finnis, who argues that law is completely tied up … Continue reading

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Criticisms of Finnis’s Theory of Natural Law

In this post I want to write up a few arguments against Finnis’ theory of natural law that occurred to me while I was reading his work. The Basic Goods Specific Criticisms of the Seven Goods Finnis’s seven basic goods … Continue reading

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John Finnis’ Theory of Divine Law

When I was talking to Josh about the overarching question of my project – ‘How is scientific law related to legal law?’ – one of the points we came up with was this: in the past, people thought that all … Continue reading

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A Summary of John Finnis’s Theory of Natural Law

So far I have looked at two theories of physical law. Lewis says that physical laws are descriptive statements made humans, whereas Armstrong says that law are relations between Universals, and so exist out there in the real world. I … Continue reading

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Laws in Linguistics

In this post I want to outline delimitation of my project that has been floating around in my mind from the beginning. The word ‘law’ is used in both legal studies and fundamental physics. This was one of the big motivators … Continue reading

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The Universal Theory of Physical Law

Universal theory is an alternative to Regularity theory, and offers a different definition of physical law. You should read the Regularity post before this one. I have learnt about the theory as posited by the philosopher D M Armstrong, but … Continue reading

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Problems with Kelsen’s Categories of Statements (Solved)

(I think I know the answer to the problem of Law vs. Rule of Law that I talk about here. I have put the answer at the bottom.) In the summary of Kelsen’s Theory, I divided up the kinds of … Continue reading

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