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The normative universe is held together by the force of interpretive
commitments - some small and private, others immense and public.
These commitments - of officials and of others - do determine what
law means and what law shall be. If there existed two legal orders
with identical legal precepts and identical, predictable patterns of
public force, they would nonetheless differ essentially in meaning if,
in one of the orders, the precepts were universally venerated while in
the other they were regarded by many as fundamentally unjust.
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