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The Current Dilemma for Morality, Law, and the Sacred

Desanctification of Law and the Problem of Absolutes: (Note: one free download allowed) Legal Scholar Jeremey Waldron reflects on the current breach between the application and practice of positive law and any of its sources in moral absolutes and in the sacred.  “I am talking about modes of critical moralizing that seem natural, appropriate, and familiar to those with whom one shares the enterprise of evaluating positive law. And the worry is that, at this level, the shared standards that make social sense—that seem appropriately put forward—as a reasonable basis for the moral evaluation of law also seem to be losing the deontic dimension of their meaning.” (Don’t worry–it’s actually quite readable.)

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