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Law and Philosophy Library

Kelsenian Legal Science and the Nature of Law

Editors: Langford, Peter, Bryan, Ian, McGarry, John (Eds.)

  • Offers a detailed critical analysis of the distinctive Kelsenian approach to the nature of law 
  • Unique in being the first to conduct such an analysis in the English language 
  • Features the work of a range of established European scholars  
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This book critically examines the conception of legal science and the nature of law developed by Hans Kelsen. It provides a single, dedicated space for a range of established European scholars to engage with the influential work of this Austrian jurist, legal philosopher, and political philosopher.

The introduction provides a thematization of the Kelsenian notion of law as a legal science. Divided into six parts, the chapter contributions feature distinct levels of analysis. Overall, the structure of the book provides a sustained reflection upon central aspects of Kelsenian legal science and the nature of law.

Parts one and two examine the validity of the project of Kelsenian legal science with particular reference to the social fact thesis, the notion of a science of positive law and the specifically Kelsenian concept of the basic norm (Grundnorm). The next three parts engage in a critical analysis of the relationship of Kelsenian legal science to constitutionalism, practical reason, and human rights.

The last part involves an examination of the continued pertinence of Kelsenian legal science as a theory of the nature of law with a particular focus upon contemporary non-positivist theories of law. The conclusion discusses the increasing distance of contemporary theories of legal positivism from a Kelsenian notion of legal science in its consideration of the nature of law.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Kelsen, Legal Science and Positive Law

    Langford, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Kelsen and the Problems of the Social Fact Thesis

    Kähler, Lorenz

    Pages 23-42

  • Natural Law and the Nature of Law: Kelsen’s Paradox

    Quiviger, Pierre-Yves

    Pages 43-54

  • Natural Law Systematics: Is There a ‘Grundnorm’ in Natural Law?

    Peterson, Claes

    Pages 57-71

  • Kelsen and Contemporary Constitutionalism: The Continued Presence of Kelsenian Themes

    Carrozza, Paolo

    Pages 75-98

Buy this book

eBook $129.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51817-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51816-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kelsenian Legal Science and the Nature of Law
Editors
  • Peter Langford
  • Ian Bryan
  • John McGarry
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
118
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51817-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51817-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51816-9
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 320
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