Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

Philosophy

Date of Defense

4-15-2014

Graduate Advisor

Eric Wiland, Ph.D.

Committee

Jill Delston

Wally Siewert

Abstract

I defend the claim that there is a necessary connection between law and ethics. I do so by analogy with other social rule-based systems, such as capitalism. Most social rule-based systems are (in part) conceptually understood by the collective overall content of their rules. If legal systems, which are also social rule-based systems, are best understood in the same way, then the collective overall content of legal systems’ rules tells us how to understand the concept of law. One possibility for the collective overall content of legal systems’ rules is ethical content. If so, then there is a necessary connection between law and ethics.

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