Joseph Raz

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Date of Birth March 21, 1939
Place of Birth Palestine
Age 81 years old
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Joseph Raz

Joseph Raz is an Israeli legal, moral and political philosopher. He is one of the most prominent advocates of legal positivism and is well known for his conception of perfectionist liberalism. Raz spent most of his career as a professor of philosophy of law at the University of Oxford associated with Balliol College, and is now a part-time professor of law at Columbia University Law School and a part-time professor at King's College London. He received the prestigious Tang Prize for rule of law in 2018.

About Joseph Raz

Legal and political philosopher most recognized for his advocation of Legal Positivism.

Before Fame

He matriculated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he obtained his Magister Juris in 1963.


He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1987.

Family Life

His family was residing in Palestine when he was born.


He taught classes at Columbia University's law school for several years, which was where scientist Charles Merriam once studied.

Information related to Joseph Raz

  • Philosophy of law - Philosophy of law is a branch of philosophy that examines the nature of law and law's relationship to other systems of norms, especially ethics and political philosophy. It asks questions like "What is law? ", "What are the criteria for legal validity?.
  • Tang Prize laureates
  • Legal scholars of the University of Oxford
  • Columbia Law School faculty
  • Fellows of Balliol College, Oxford
  • Philosophers of law
  • Political philosophers
  • Analytic philosophers
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Latest information about Joseph Raz updated on January 25, 2021.

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