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Lectures On Jurisprudence: Or The Philosophy Of Positive Law (1874) (Hardcover)

By: John Austin

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Volume: 1 General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1869 Original Publisher: J. Murray Subjects: Jurisprudence Law Legal positivism Law / General Law / Jurisprudence Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: The Divine laws may be styled good, in the sense with Lect. v which the atheist may apply the epithet to human. We may Mjiijrtf style them good, or worthy of praise inasmuch as they agree the epithet with utility considered as an ultimate test. And this is the uifed to "he only meaning with which we can apply the epithet to the lawofGod- laws of God. Unless we refer them to utility considered as an ultimate test, we have no test by which we can try them. To say that they are good because they are set by the Deity, is to say that they are good as measured or tried by themselves. But to say this is to talk absurdly: for every object which is measured, or every object which is brought to a test, is compared with a given object other than itself. -- If the laws set by the Deity were not generally useful, or if they did not promote the general happiness of his creatures, or if their great Author were not wise and benevolent, they would not be good, or worthy of praise, but were devilish and worthy of execration. Before I conclude the present digression, I must submit this further remark to the attention of the reader. I have intimated in the course of this digression, that the i:...,. Xpree- phrase law of nature, or the phrase natural law, often signifies s''" law "f '' " nature, or the law Of God. natural Natural law as thus understood, and the natural law which two dis I mentioned in my fourth lecture, are disparate expressions. Parat? The natural law which I there mentioned, is a ...

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