Author(s)Mills, Christopher E.
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AbstractNormative legal philosophy primarily concerns itself with the task of understanding which weighty reasons should guide our legal institutions. In order to make sense of these reasons, we must pursue a certain amount of conceptual analysis. Concepts allow us to make sense of our reasons. This is as true in law as it is elsewhere in the normative landscape. At a time when politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are challenging the role of epistemic authorities and factual claims in democratic decision-making (through reference to ‘alternative facts’, ‘fake news’, and other objectionable propositions), the analysis of the legal status of false and misleading claims is extremely important. By clarifying the status of truth and falsity in civil discourse, philosophers can make a real and significant contribution to the upkeep of the norms of civil society. The stakes of such discussion are high.
Mills, Christopher E. (2018) Lies matter. Law and Philosophy . doi:10.1007/s10982-018-9337-5 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10982-018-9337-5>