Law and Philosophy Library

Legal Reductionism and Freedom

Authors: van Hees, Martin V.B.P.M.

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Martin van Hees presents a new approach to the study of law - legal reductionism - which combines elements of legal positivism, new institutionalism and decision theory. From legal positivism Van Hees derives some fundamental insights into the nature of legal systems, but he also revises some of its key tenets. He argues that law can be reduced to facts; moreover, he re-establishes the relation between law and morality by arguing that law and positive morality are inherently related. He subsequently uses decision-theoretic tools to develop and defend his reductionist methodology.
The second part of the study applies the resulting approach to an analysis of legal freedom. By showing that legal reductionism allows us to analyse the value of liberal legal systems, Van Hees makes a forceful case for including the study of law in moral and political philosophy.
The book is accessible to a wide readership, including legal and moral philosophers, political theorists and social scientists.

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`All in all, however, Legal Reductionism and Freedom is an admirable piece of work: rigorous, clear, and stimulating. Its discussions of freedom are especially thought-provoking, and the book as a whole can be recommended to anyone interested in legal or political philosophy.'
The Cambridge Law Journal (2000)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hees, Martin

    Pages 1-5

  • Legal Positivism and the Normativity Thesis

    Hees, Martin

    Pages 9-25

  • Legal Positivism and the Separability Thesis

    Hees, Martin

    Pages 27-43

  • Reductionism and the Analysis of Institutions

    Hees, Martin

    Pages 45-60

  • Legal Systems, Rights and the Legal-Political Game

    Hees, Martin

    Pages 61-83

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eBook $159.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Legal Reductionism and Freedom
Authors
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
47
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-9453-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-9453-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0285-4
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
204
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