Robust demands and the need for law
The common subjection to law means in any community that we give each other certain legal rights robustly, not just actually or probably. The freedom, respect and dignity that you thereby enjoy come about as a result of how we others are legally constrained; they do not materialize just as a result of what we do, or even, unlike virtue-based goods, as a result of what we are disposed to do. And so law is a distinct way of making good, not just an aid or prompt to doing good; it too creates value in its own right.
(Please note, to enable anyone also wanting to attend the lecture by Amartya Sen (Wolfson College, shortly after 6 pm.), Professor Pettit’s presentation will conclude at 5.45 pm., but will be followed by Q&A for people wishing to stay.)
5-7 pm, Friday 3rd June 2011