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Moral Puzzles and Legal Perplexities
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Drawing inspiration from the profoundly influential work of legal theorist Larry Alexander, this volume tackles central questions in criminal law, constitutional law, jurisprudence, and moral philosophy. What are the legitimate conditions of blame and punishment? What values are at the heart of constitutional protections against discrimination or infringements of free speech? Must judges interpret statutes and constitutional provisions in ways that comport with the intentions of those who wrote them? Can the law obligate us to violate the demands of morality, and when can the law allow the rights of the few to be violated for the good of the many? This collection of essays by world-renowned legal theorists is for anyone interested in foundational questions about the law's authority, the conditions of its fair application to citizens, and the moral justifications of the rights, duties, and permissions that it protects.


'Moral Puzzles and Legal Perplexities is an indispensable feast of innovative contributions to the most important questions of theory in criminal law, constitutional law, jurisprudence, and morality. It is a fitting tribute to Larry Alexander, whose astonishingly broad and generative scholarship and exemplary character have contributed so much to law and philosophy and to academic collegiality.'

'Larry Alexander is an intellectual giant, whose work spans multiple fields of law and philosophy. This excellent volume gives fans of Larry's work (and the benighted still unfamiliar with his work) the chance to consider Larry's work as a whole and to learn from some of Larry's devoted critics, each of whom is a leading light in their own right. This book is an intellectual smorgasbord that spans criminal law, jurisprudence, philosophy, and constitutional law and is not to be missed.'

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash - James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia

'Larry Alexander is a legal theorist of great range and depth, who over the last half-century has made path-breaking and challenging contributions within criminal law, free speech theory, constitutional interpretation, jurisprudence, and moral philosophy. This volume of critical and celebratory essays is at once a tribute to this great scholar, and an atlas for the vast territory of Larry’s work.'

Matthew D. Adler - Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law, Duke University, North Carolina

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