UCL Faculty of Laws


Three metaphysical issues about robust normativity and the law

27 June 2015, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

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UCL Legal Philosophy Forum


UCL Laws, Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0EG


David Plunkett, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College

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Three Metaphysical Issues about Robust Normativity and The Law: Situating the Positivist/Antipositivist Dispute

In recent years, a number of philosophers of law have characterised the legal positivism and legal antipositivism as competing views about the ultimate grounds of legal facts (facts about what the law is in a given jurisdiction, at a given time).

Roughly, the thought is this: legal antipositivism is the thesis that legal facts are ultimately grounded in both social facts and moral facts, whereas legal positivism is the thesis that it is social facts alone.

In this paper, Professor Plunkett will make some proposals about how to best sharpen this distinction to make it more philosophically precise and useful.

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