John Austin

John Austin
Birth and death
1790 - 1859
Profession details
Legal Philosopher, Writer
Related place
Diba Rahmani

John Austin (1790-1859) legal philosopher and writer, studied law as a science and became Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of London (now University College London) from 1826 - 32. After his death his reputation as a legal philosopher grew and he is now regarded as the founder of the 'Austinian' theory of law. He stated that something is or is not 'law' depending on who has done what, which relies on empirical investigation, and is a matter of power rather than morality. Austin did not suggest law shouldn't be, and isn't moral, but points out that many laws are not moral, and what makes it law doesn't guarantee its moral value.

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