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Should law and morality be related and have regarded for each other?
Should law and morality be related and have regard for each other?
Supporters of natural law sees law and morals as interlinked. A valid law would be one based on morality as it comes from a higher source - God or nature.
There is no point in immoral laws.
The law should try to reflect a society's views and so there must be a close link between both.
Laws will be always be influenced by morality, and vice versa.
Supporters of positivism sees the law and morality as separate. The validity of a law should not depend on whether it is good or bad. If it has been made correctly, it should be followed.
Different people have different personal morals and different collective morals (religions, cults, social norms etc.). As everyone has their own morals then everyone would need their own laws.
The law should prohibit conduct which is considered to harm the greater good of society - regardless of whether the conduct is moral or not.
Morality is often subjective based on religious and cultural backgrounds.
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