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The Enforcement Of Morals Patrick Devlin

The Enforcement Of Morals

Patrick Devlin

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ISBN : 9780195003055
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Are morals always relative? Are private actions it is held by the invisible bonds of common thought.Some sidestep this controversial issue by asserting that the law should not be used to enforce any morality. Others invoke John Stuart MillsMoreAre morals always relative? Are private actions it is held by the invisible bonds of common thought.Some sidestep this controversial issue by asserting that the law should not be used to enforce any morality. Others invoke John Stuart Mills doctrine that the only purpose for laws governing any member of society is to prevent harm to others, chiefly physical harm. But, Devlin argued, while breaches of shared morality do not cause harm to other individuals in the way that murder and assault do, they do harm society by undermining its moral structure.Patrick Devlin (1905-1992) studied history and law at Cambridge University and became a successful lawyer.