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MacCormick argues that law can be described in an amoralistic fashion and further, that the choice between the moralistic and amoralistic conceptions should turn on pragmatic concerns.
In a farcical parody against Confucius, he teases this moralistic giant, who in his contemptuous reception of a deformed amoralistic man without toes, instantaneously changes his disposition after knowing how the deformed man aspired to Confucius' pompous precious ethics.
Elsewhere, more precise language comes late, as on page 47, where there is an admission that the "modernity" which underpins amoralistic writing has continued, not in complete domination of the literature as one supposes from the earlier discussion, but "with ebbs and flows." Overall, Chapters One and Two are too long, somewhat repetitive, and likely to be more meaningful to students than to faculty who will already know these arguments well.
Unfortunately, Hobbes' amoralistic identification of sovereignty with might instead of legal right removed the concept from the sphere of jurisprudence, "where it had its origin and where it properly belongs, and ...