Rules of Law: Just and Unjust

  • Mario Bunge
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 295)


The rule of law is, of course, the political regime under which most people observe the laws, whether good or bad. We all benefit by the rule of law, for it gives us security, right? Of course, as long as the state itself is not criminal. If it is, if our government is oppressive or predatory, some of us will try to break the law. For example, we will cheat, bribe, hide, or even go into exile. Hence the rule of law is not an absolute good, right? We shall see.


Universal Declaration Political Legitimacy Moral Legitimacy Legal Philosophy Legal Positivism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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