Law and Coercion: Some Clarification

Lucas Miotto Lopes*

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The relationship between law and coercion has been, and still is, a central topic in legal philosophy. Despite this, discussion about it is immersed in confusion. Some philosophers have noticed this, but hardly any work has been done to attempt to solve or even identify the confusions. This paper aims to fill this gap. Here I propose distinctions and qualifications that help us clarify the relationship between law and coercion and avoid confusion. Building on the clarificatory work, I then argue that despite there being several distinct philosophical discussions about the relationship between law and coercion, one of them should be prioritised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-87
JournalRatio Juris
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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