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Practical Reason and Norms [Paperback]

Joseph Raz

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May 15 2000
Practical Reason and Norms focuses on three problems: In what way are rules normative, and how do they differ from ordinary reasons? What makes normative systems systematic? What distinguishes legal systems, and in what consists their normativity? All three questions are answered by taking reasons as the basic normative concept, and showing the distinctive role reasons have in every case, thus paving the way to a unified account of normativity. Rules are a structure of reasons to perform the required act and an exclusionary reason not to follow some competing reasons. Exclusionary reasons are explained, and used to unlock the secrets of orders, promises, and decisions as well as rules. Games are used to exemplify normative systems. Inevitably, the analysis extends to some aspects of normative discourse, which is truth-apt, but with a diminished assertoric force.

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`Any serious reader should recognize the volume's rigor, sophistication, subtlety, and admirable ambitious sweep. It remains Raz's most impressive achievement ... the republication of Practical Reason and Norms ... is a welcome event. Anyone interested in legal or moral philosophy ... would be advised to pursue it.' Matthew H Kramer, Cambridge Law Journal

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"This book is a sophisticated contribution to modern analytical jurisprudence, providing an analysis of structures of reasons--particularly the idea of `exclusionary reasons'--which lays a basis for an account of normativity. Raz's book also builds on, criticizes, and develops thoroughly the idea of the `internal aspect' of rules in Hart's The Concept of Law. Anyone working in the area of jurisprudence, or in the analysis of norms and obligations generally, simply cannot proceed without taking into account Raz's ideas."--Jeremy Waldron, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

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