chapter  4
Conclusion
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But we would then have no way of accounting for the characteristic subordination of these other systems of rules to morality. Of course, we can say that from within moral practice these otherwise self-contained normative structures are open to moral assessment. Thus a law can be declared immoral. But the law, exerting so to speak its own centrifugal pull, seems to demand that we adopt a standpoint at least equidistant between it and morality. Thus we seem to have insulated legal and moral judgements from each other in mutually exclusive normative systems. The application of moral standards to those who reject them, and choose to be governed by other systems of rules, would seem once more to be a matter of contingent fact, and could not receive any special legitimation.