Updated: Sept. 8, 2018 (Initial publication: April 30, 2018)


   This working document was intended to serve as a support for a conference pronounced in French in the conference Droit et Ethique ( Law & Ethics) of May 31, 2018 in a symposium organized by the Court of Cassation and the Association Française de Philosophie du Droit.  French Association of Philosophy of Law on the general theme Law & Ethics.

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Rather, it has served as a support for the article to be published in the Archives de Philosophie du Droit (APD). This article is written in French. 


   Summary: It is through the Law that the human being has acquired a unity in the West (I). What religion could have done, the Law also did by posing on each human being the indetachable notion of him of "person" (I.A). But this is what is challenged today, not the personality and the power that the human being has to express his freedom but the unity that implies in the disposition that we have of ourselves in repelling the desire that others have always had to dispose of us. Current law tends to "pulverize" human beings into data and transform into neutral legal services what was considered before as the devouring of others. The legal concept of "consent", ceasing to be proof of a free will but becoming an autonomous concept, would suffice (I.B.).

To prevent the reigning of the "law of desires", which merely reflects the adjustment of forces, we must demand here and now the ethical sovereignty of Law, because Law can not be just just be just the interests adjustment (II). We can form this request if we do not want to live in an a-moral universe (II.A), if we see that the unity of the person is the legal invention that protects the weak human being (II.B.). If we admit this imperative, then we must finally ask who in the legal system will express and impose it, especially the legislator or the judge, because we seem to have lost the ability to recall this principle of the Person on which the West was so centered. But the principles that are no longer said disappear. There would then remain only the case-by-case adjustment of interests between human beings in the world field of particular forces. At this yardstick, Law would be more than a technique of securisation of particular adjustments. Law would be reduced at that and would have lost its link with Ethics. (II.C).


April 2, 1968

Thesaurus : Doctrine

► Référence complète : Carbonnier, J., L'imagerie des monnaies, Libraires techniques, 1968, 11 p., reprise dans Flexible droit, pour une sociologie du droit sans rigueur, p. 393-403.


► Résumé de l'article : dans cet article célèbre, le Doyen Carbonnier étudie la numismatique, posant qu'elle exprime "le droit monétaire". Il montre que la monnaie relève du droit public le plus pur puisqu'elle porte "l'effigie du prince", statue portative et divinisée de l'empereur à Rome à laquelle s'associe l'énergie juridique que le Prince confère à l'objet.
 En cela, la monnaie, qui porte l'image du Prince, emporte avec elle la confiance. Ainsi, le Prince demeure comme le propriétaire éminent de la monnaie dont chacun est le propriétaire utile.

Carbonnier souligne que la théorie étatiste du nominalisme monétaire en est le prolongement direct.

En outre, Carbonnier souligne que l'image des monnaies exprime la souveraineté. C'est aussi pour cela que la monnaie doit être belle. La monnaie fait alors comme sa propre publicité. Mais le classicisme semble dominer et l'art figuratif vient en premier.