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A useful addition,
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This review is from: The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory (Belknap) (Hardcover)
Posner shows how moral theory is not equipped to bridge legal and practical problems, i.e. moral theory's inability to determine right from wrong (in many circumstances). Thus, moral theorists (such as the evil Mr Dworkin) have distorted legal reasoning and consequently stunted the development of legal theory. Posner's arguments are both convincing and correct but have unsurprisingly attracted much criticism from moral theorists (since they are trying to justify why they spent most of their lives arriving at the wrong answer). In a sense this book is one big reply to the attacks on legal-economic reasoning and in fact Posner spends a significant amount of the book replying directly to Dworkin's arguments.
This book, together with Posner's "Economic Analysis of Law" (which must be read first), will go a long way to equipping you with arguments which highlight the absurdity of moral theory (especially the lack of operational content) and provide you with reasoning and logic which have long been illusory to moral philosophers.
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