Lawfulness and the perception of legal salience

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Abstract / Description of output

The ability to identify all (and only the) legally salient properties within a complex situation is a subjective trait necessarily possessed by a lawful person. This ability is better explained as a type perception. The paper puts forward an account of the perception of legally salient properties in which perception (i) affords a preliminary ordering of the total information received (ii) while allowing for the formation of a remainder that explains the peripheral legal perception experienced legal practitioners develop over time. After this account of legal perception is in place, the paper considers the relationship between this aspect of subjectivity and complete virtue, in particular, practical wisdom and lawfulness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-57
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Early online date25 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • legal decision-making
  • legal argumentation
  • practical wisdom
  • phronesis
  • Virtue Jurisprudence


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