In Defense of Legal Positivism
Law Without Trimmings
Reviews and Awards
Kramer's analyses make stimulating reading ... he manages to clear much dead wood from the debate concerning the moral content of law and provides interesting arguments to which those of a different persuasion will have to respond. - Patrick Capps, Modern Law Review, Sept. 2000.
Matthew Kramer, with characteristic vigour and analytical force, presents a staunch defence of positivism. - Patrick Capps, Modern Law Review, Sept. 2000.
Kramer provides an exhaustive defense of legal positivism against those who attribute a necessary relationship between law and morality... his argument is a useful counterweight to the predominance of liberal moralizing and American parochialism that plagues contemporary legal theorizing...Kramer... performs a valuable reminder to his fellow legal theorists that the act of maintaining the law by judges can be as self-interested and hypocritical as can the partisan business of legislation. One hopes that legal scholars have not become too pious (or self-interested, for that matter) to take up Kramer's challenge. - The Law and Politics Book Review Vol.10 No.1