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Taking Law Seriously: Starting Points of the Hart-Devlin Debate

Cane, Peter


The famous mid-20th century debate between Patrick Devlin and Herbert Hart about the relationship between law and morality addressed the limits of the criminal law in the context of a proposal by the Wolfenden Committee to decriminalize male homosexual activity in private. The original exchanges and subsequent contributions to the debate have been significantly constrained by the terms in which the debate was framed: a focus on criminal law in general and sexual offences in particular; a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Ethics, The
DOI: 10.1007/s10892-005-4590-x


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