Law and Morality

Alexander Somek participated most of the summer of 2014 in the ERC-Project "Distortions of Normativity" at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Vienna.

During his stay he commenced work on a project that is likely to occupy him for years to come. It is the attempt to determine the relation between law and morality on the basis of an analysis of moral judgment.

Somek argues that the mutual ascription of legal rights is the result of a reflexive process of moral universalization that recognizes the ineradicable particularity of evaluative outlooks. In transcending itself into law, morality responds to its own deficiency.

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