Legal Obligation and Authority

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[Revised entry by Massimo Renzo and Leslie Green on June 30, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Whatever else they do, all legal systems recognize, create, vary and enforce obligations. This is no accident: obligations are central to the social role of law and explaining them is necessary to an understanding of law’s authority and, therefore, its nature. Not only are there obligations in the law, there are also obligations to the law. Historically, most philosophers agreed that these include a moral obligation to obey, or what is usually called “political obligation”. For some, this…

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