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Law, Morals, and Ethics, 19 So. Illinois U.L.J. 447 (1995)


These days the normative coherence and integrity of the law is open to
searching criticism from various directions. This is true of all bodies of
law-eonstitutional law, contract law, tort law, and the law governing the
professions such as our own. Any intelligible criticism of law requires a
normative framework of its own. That is, normative criticism requires some set
of normative concepts in terms of which to carry the discussion forward. Many
critics are content to use general epithets such as "unjust," "exploitive," or
"inefficient." Others project more sustained critical analyses. Whether general
or specific, however, critical analysis must have a place of beginning.

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