Lon Fuller and the Moral Value of the Rule of Law

  title={Lon Fuller and the Moral Value of the Rule of Law},
  author={Colleen Murphy},
  journal={Law and Philosophy},
  • C. Murphy
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Law
  • Law and Philosophy
I defend Lon Fuller’s view that the rule of law has conditional non-instrumental as well as instrumental moral value. The rule of law is conditionally non-instrumentally valuable in virtue of how a legal system structures political relationships. 

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