Law and Philosophy Library

The Normative Force of the Factual

Legal Philosophy Between Is and Ought

Editors: Bersier-Ladavac, Nicoletta, Bezemek, Christoph, Schauer, Frederick (Eds.)

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  • Represents the first comprehensive discussion of Jellinek’s famed theory of the “normative force of the factual” in English
  • Offers a fundamental review of the interrelation of facts and norms from various perspectives
  • Features contributions by a diverse group of internationally respected authors
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This book explores the interrelation of facts and norms. How does law originate in the first place? What lies at the roots of this phenomenon? How is it preserved? And how does it come to an end? Questions like these led Georg Jellinek to speak of the “normative force of the factual” in the early 20th century, emphasizing the human tendency to infer rules from recurring events, and to perceive a certain practice not only as a fact but as a norm; a norm which not only allows us to distinguish regularity from irregularity, but at the same time, to treat deviances as transgressions. Today, Jellinek’s concept still provides astonishing insights on the dichotomy of “is” and “ought to be”, the emergence of the normative, the efficacy and the defeasibility of (legal) norms, and the distinct character of what legal theorists refer to as “normativity”. It leads us back to early legal history, it connects anthropology and legal theory, and it demonstrates the interdependence of law and the social sciences. In short: it invites us to fundamentally reassess the interrelation of facts and norms from various perspectives. The contributing authors to this volume have accepted that invitation.

About the authors

Nicoletta Bersier Ladavac, Thémis, Centre d'Etudes de Philosophie du droit, de Sociologie du droit et de Théorie du droit, Geneva.

Christoph Bezemek is Professor of Law at University of Graz, Institute of Public Law and Political Science. His research focuses on comparative constitutional law, political and legal theory.

Frederick Schauer is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and Frank Stanton Professor (Emeritus) of the First Amendment at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is the author of numerous publications on constitutional law, in particular on free speech, and on legal theory. He is a Co-Editor of Springer’s Law and Philosophy Library


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-3

    Bersier Ladavac, Nicoletta (et al.)

  • Georg Jellinek’s Theory of the Two Sides of the State (“Zwei-Seiten-Lehre des Staates”)

    Pages 5-28

    Lepsius, Oliver

  • Sein and Sollen, “Is” and “Ought” and the Problem of Normativity in Hans Kelsen

    Pages 29-43

    Bersier Ladavac, Nicoletta

  • Law as Fact and Norm. Georg Jellinek and the Dual Nature of Law

    Pages 45-64

    Klatt, Matthias

  • The ‘Normative Force of the Factual’: A Positivist’s Panegyric

    Pages 65-77

    Bezemek, Christoph

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Normative Force of the Factual
Book Subtitle
Legal Philosophy Between Is and Ought
Editors
  • Nicoletta Bersier-Ladavac
  • Christoph Bezemek
  • Frederick Schauer
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
130
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18929-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18929-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18928-0
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 180
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