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Date of Award

Fall 2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy

Supervisor

Wilfird Waluchow

Co-Supervisor

Stefan Sciaraffa

Language

English

Committee Member

Nancy Doubleday

Abstract

In this thesis, I will examine the consequences of applying the legal philosophy of Joseph Raz in real world situations. I will argue that if most legal systems actually attempted to adhere to, and accept his theory in all its parts, the legal systems in question would have serious problems. In particular, the legal authorities and officials which represent the legal systems in question would be confused about the extent of their authority. After I prove my claim, I will offer a solution to the problem.

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