Normativity, Coordination and Authority in Finnis's Philosophy of Law

Jonathan Crowe

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This chapter reviews John Finnis, Philosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IV (Oxford University Press, 2011). It draws out some central themes of Finnis's work on philosophy of law, focusing on the concepts of normativity, coordination and authority. The chapter also considers some similarities and differences between the natural law theories of Finnis and Michael Detmold, both law students at the University of Adelaide in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I argue that Detmold provides the more convincing account of legal normativity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJurisprudence as Practical Reason
Subtitle of host publication A Celebration of the Collected Essays of John Finnis
EditorsMark Sayers, Aladin Rahemtula
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherSupreme Court of Queensland Library
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780987247100
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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NameUniversity of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Papers


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