This Article, part of a longer study, considers one problem about the objectivity of law. The problem is whether the law as it exists provides determinate answers to many legal questions for judges, other officials, and citizens. I emphasize the word many. This Article does not focus on "hard cases" and then ask whether single correct answers for them exist. It does not inquire whether in some complicated sense all legal questions have determinate answers. This is a treatment of easy legal questions. To most lawyers, it may seem self-evident that many legal questions do have determinate answers; and that indeed is what I believe. Feeling confident about that conclusion, however, is simpler than explaining how law is determinate. I try to show how law often yields determinate answers, using a fairly strict interpretation of a determinate answer.
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How Law Can Be Determinate,
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