Relation between law and morality or ethics law is an enactment made by the state it is backed by physical coercion its breach is punishable by the courts it represents the will of the state and realizes its purpose. Morality serves as the ethical basis or justification for law and facilitates obedience to the law by fomenting habits of conduct western kentucky university explains that morality precedes law and is necessary for law to be successful. Summary because every law springs from a system of values and beliefs every law is an instance of legislating morality further because a nations laws always exercise a pedagogical or teaching influence law inescapably exerts a shaping effect over the beliefs character and actions of the nations citizens whether for good or ill. Basic observations on law and morality most recent alteration september 10 2001 at first there seems to be no distinction between law and morality there are passages in ancient greek writers for example which seem to suggest that the good person is the one who will do what is lawful
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