From the paper:
“Because of the diversity of cultural, ethical, and moral views and beliefs that obtain in contemporary Britain, the idea that the legal system may be used to legislate morality has become in the past generation ever more tenuous, casting doubt on both the philosophies of Lord Devlin and H.L.A. Hart. Both now seem to be limited in their philosophical application to legal and moral considerations in Britain in the 21st century; another way of saying this is to argue that when applied to British contemporary society Devlin?s theory on the enforcement of morality does not differ substantially from Hart?s at least in the legal implications of both.
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This paper examines this position.”