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General Theory of Norms

Hans Kelsen


Hans Kelsen is considered by many to be one of the foremost legal thinkers of the twentieth century. He made important contributions to many areas, but especially to legal theory and international law. Over a number of decades, he developed an important legal theory which found its first complete exposition in Reine Rechtslehre, 1934, and its fullest expression in the second edition of Reine Rechtslehre, 1960. During the last decade of his life he was working on what he called a general theory of norms. When he died in 1973, he left a lengthy manuscript, which was published in 1979 as Allgemei ... More

Keywords: Hans Kelsen, legal theory, international law, general theory of norms, logic, normative irrationalism, philosophers, morality, Plato, Aristotle

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Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198252177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252177.001.0001


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