Death of British Philosopher and Jurist John Langshaw Austin

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British philosopher John Langshaw Austin dies in Oxford, England. A proponent of legal positivism, Austin will have a significant impact upon the development of Western legal tradition.

According to J.L. Austin, a law is simply a command given to society by the sovereign. The legal system is the organization of the sovereign's laws. What this means as a practical matter is that there is no necessary connection between the will of the sovereign and morals — something can be moral but illegal or legal but immoral.

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John Searle on JL Austin and Wittgenstein

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