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A Sceptical Theory of Morality and Law


James Allan

A Sceptical Theory of Morality and Law aims ultimately to cast light on some contentious issues in the philosophy of law, including the nature of rights and of judicial interpretation. The answers one gives, however, rest on the moral theory one finds most convincing. The first part of this book gives a sustained defence of a sceptical moral theory owing much to the views of David Hume. That version of scepticism is then relied upon in the author's discussion of law and legal theory.


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Preface This book is a substantially revised version of my Ph.D. thesis. The revisions have been made over nearly three years. I owe thanks to various people for helping me reach this point, a published book. In particular, I would like to thank the following people: Professor Raymond Wacks, one of my two thesis supervisors, for his helpful comments and suggestions. Professor David Campbell, a friend and former colleague, whose Hegelian and Kantian views - so different from my own - were a constant source of contemplation and re-examination. Professor Simon Blackburn, an external examiner for my thesis, whose comments on that earlier work have been most useful in making many later revisions and whose encouragement to seek publication was much appreciated. Dr. Sherwin Klein, the editor of this series, for his many thoughtful criticisms, comments and suggestions. Finally, Mr Mark Fisher, the other of my two original supervisors, who for years gave freely of his time, opinions and experience, and did so with care and attention. Mark, more than any other, helped me think through the views expressed in this book. To him I am most grateful. I would also like to thank Rosita Chan, Jillian Tourelle, Lynda Stevens and Amanda McDowall for their cumulative help over the years with the word processing of this book. As well, I owe thanks to Owen Lancer and Jacqueline Pavlovic at Peter Lang Publishing for their help in the final production of this book. I am grateful, too, to the University of...

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