The Laws Of An Established Legal System

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Legal normativity constitutes an idea that one must abide by the laws of an established legal system. Logically, it follows that sanctions are a necessary product of legal obligation as it confers both upon the legal obligation a sense of authority, and upon individuals an incentive to submit oneself to such rule of law. However, when viewed from the perspective of Natural Law theorists, such as John M. Finnis, whose belief of an ultimate end, or good, in life is that of social harmony, legal obligation is predominantly an adverse form of moral normativity.
Through this formal system of behavior control, not only are law-abiding citizens separated from violators, there is also an implicit division between the lawmakers from the general public, and the ignorant from the expert. Naturally, a society without a method of regulating behavior is more vulnerable to the grasps of anarchy; however, internal to every society is a standard known simply as social norms. Social norms do not only regulate behavior, but unlike its formal counterpart (the legal system), social norms also facilitate social harmony. Counterpoints against the efficacy of social norms in both historical and modern contexts will be discussed. In order for a legal system to establish itself amongst a group of people, it requires a relatively limited body of individuals, typically those who compose of the government, to delineate the actions that are deemed as legal obligations. This ultimately results in a legal…

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