Title

What are Principles, and Do They Exist?

Authors

Larry Alexander

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

In this paper I distinguish principles from rules and standards and ask if there are norms that fit this description. I conclude that these may be moral principles but that there are no legal principles. Accounts of law such as Dworkin’s and Alexy’s, in which legal principles play a role, are thus vitiated.

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