DISCUSSION: Legal positivists think that law and morality must be kept apart (lines 13-14). They think that consensus about the meaning of the law is the most important thing (Lines 23-26).
- See lines 13-14. Positivists think the law has no place for morals.
- Lines 17-20 show that legal positivists think disagreement could be legitimate if it were about the underlying convention. And a disagreement about convention might be because of a disagreement over the law’s meaning.
- This is something Dworkin might say. He was concerned with the meaning of the law.
- CORRECT. In lines 14-16 the positivists say that the law’s meaning depends on convention. If there is a consensus that the law means “X”, then positivists would argue the law really does mean “X”. (Non-positivists would argue that a consensus could simply be wrong).
- Positivists think that morals have nothing to do with the law (lines 13-14). So they wouldn’t think moral conviction has anything to do with the fact of the matter.
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