Monday, January 17, 2011

Law and teaching

Some people I have spoken to have told me that we needn't worry that the mere fact of the legality of an action would encourage people to hold it morally right. In other words, they oppose the idea that the law is didactic.

In opposition:

Then complaints started from owners of expensive houses around the reservoir. “They supposedly discovered these chemicals, and then they ruined the reservoir by putting black pimples all over it,” said Laurie Pepper, whose home overlooks the manmade lake. “If the water is so dangerous, why can’t they tell us what laws it’s violated?”

I leave the extension to the imagination.

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