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Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency

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Ulrike Heuer, Sergio Tenenbaum, Heidi M. Hurd, Ori Simchen, Matthew Hanser, Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, Anthony Hatzistavrou, A. J. Julius, William A. Edmundson, Ben Laurence, George Pavlakos, Kenneth M. Ehrenberg, Manuel Vargas, Joshua P. Davis, Bruno Verbeek
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  • Date Published: January 2015
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  • This collection of new essays explores in depth how and why we act when we follow practical standards, particularly in connection with the authority of legal texts and lawmakers. The essays focus on the interplay of intentions and practical reasons, engaging incisive arguments to demonstrate both the close connection between them, and the inadequacy of accounts that downplay this important link. Their wide-ranging discussion includes topics such as legal interpretation, the paradox of intention, the relation between moral and legal obligation, and legal realism. The volume will appeal to scholars and students of legal philosophy, moral philosophy, law, social science, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of action.

    • Treats practical normativity as a unified and interdisciplinary topic
    • Rigorously defends the primacy of practical over theoretical explanations of action to shed light on key features of law
    • Written by an interdisciplinary team of distinguished contributors
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    'This sophisticated book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in law and practical reasoning.' Dennis Patterson, European University Institute

    'The essays in the book are rich and topical. They cover a variety of different issues, but with many interesting connections between them. This is a book that repays close study. I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in these areas.' Jonathan Crowe, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316236789
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction George Pavlakos and Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
    Part I. The Normative Meaning of Actions:
    1. Intentions, permissibility, and the reasons for which we act Ulrike Heuer
    2. Acting and satisficing Sergio Tenenbaum
    3. Interpretation without intentions Heidi M. Hurd
    4. Metasemantics and legal interpretation Ori Simchen
    Part II. Normativity of Legal Authority:
    5. Doing another's bidding Matthew Hanser
    6. Legal authority and the paradox of intention in action Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
    7. The deliberative and epistemic dimension of legitimate authoritative directives Anthony Hatzistavrou
    8. Public transit A. J. Julius
    9. Ought we to do what we ought to be made to do? Cohen and Nagel on the personal and the political William A. Edmundson
    10. Juridical laws as moral laws in Kant's The Doctrine of Right Ben Laurence
    11. The relation between moral and legal obligation: an alternative Kantian reading George Pavlakos
    Part III. The Social Dimension of Normativity:
    12. Law's artefactual nature: how legal institutions generate normativity Kenneth M. Ehrenberg
    13. American Legal Realism and practical guidance Manuel Vargas and Joshua P. Davis
    14. The authority of conventions, norms, and law Bruno Verbeek
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    George Pavlakos, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium and University of Glasgow
    George Pavlakos is Research Professor of Globalization and Legal Theory at the University of Antwerp and Professor of Globalization and Legal Theory at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Our Knowledge of the Law (2007) and has edited several collections of essays including New Essays on the Normativity of Law (2011).

    Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, University of Birmingham
    Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include Law and Authority under the Guise of the Good (2014).

    Contributors

    Ulrike Heuer, Sergio Tenenbaum, Heidi M. Hurd, Ori Simchen, Matthew Hanser, Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, Anthony Hatzistavrou, A. J. Julius, William A. Edmundson, Ben Laurence, George Pavlakos, Kenneth M. Ehrenberg, Manuel Vargas, Joshua P. Davis, Bruno Verbeek

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