Joseph Raz (1939-2022) | We every day

Joseph Raz, one of the most influential legal, political and moral philosophers of the past 50 years, has died.

Professor Raz was known in philosophy of law for his defense of legal positivism, in political philosophy for his development of liberal perfectionism and in moral philosophy for his work on the pluralism of values. He is the author of numerous books, including The concept of legal system (1970), Practical reason and standards (1975), rule of law (1979), The morality of freedom (1986), compelling reason (1999), The practice of value (2003), From normativity to responsibility (2011), and The roots of normativity (2022), among others. You can browse some of his works here and here.

Raz began his academic career in 1967 as a member of the Hebrew University’s law and philosophy faculties. In 1972 he moved to Oxford University and held positions there until 2009. Overlapping with his positions at Oxford, from 2002 to 2019 he was a professor at Columbia Law School. And from 2011 he was a part-time research professor at King’s College London. He obtained his D.Phil. at Oxford and his Magister Juris at the Hebrew University.

His death was made public announcement this morning by the Hebrew University Law School.

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