In modern times the idea of the objectivity of law has been undermined by skepticism about legal institutions, disbelief in ideals of unbiased evaluation, and a conviction that language is indeterminate. Greenawalt here considers the validity of such skepticism, examining such questions as: whether the law as it exists provides determinate answers to legal problems; whether the law should treat people in an ""objective way,"" according to abstract rules, general categories, and external consequences; and how far the law is anchored in something external to itself, such as social morality, poli
Contents; 1 Introduction; I: Legal Rules and Determinate Answers to Legal Questions; II: How the Law Treats People; III: Law's Relation to Broader Sources That Make It Objective in Various Respects; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
First published in 1992. Includes bibliographical references and index.