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Normativity and Norms: Critical Perspectives on Kelsenian Themes

Stanley L. Paulson


Hans Kelsen's efforts in the areas of legal philosophy and legal theory are considered by many scholars of law to be the most influential thinking of recent years. This book makes available some of the best work extant on Kelsen's theory, including chapters newly translated into English. The volume addresses in detail the topic where debate on Kelsen's work has been liveliest: ‘normativity’ as Kelsen's alternative to both traditional legal positivism and natural law theory. The book covers such topics as competing philosophical positions on the nature of law, legal validity, legal powers, and ... More

Keywords: Hans Kelsen, legal philosophy, legal theory, Kelsen's theory, traditional legal positivism, natural law theory, nature of law, legal validity, legal powers

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198763154
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198763154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley L. Paulson, editor
Washington University, St Louis and Bonnie Litschewski Paulson

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Part I Kelsen's Shift to the Classical Phase

Part II The Normativity Problematic

4 Kelsen Visited*

H.L.A. Hart

6 Methodological Syncretism in Kelsen's Pure Theory of Law*

Deryck Beyleveld, and Roger Brownsword

Part III The Normativity Problematic, continued: Kantian Doctrines versus Kelsen without Kant

A. A Neo-Kantian Dimension in the Pure Theory of Law?

B. Kelsen without Kant, and ‘Validity qua Bindingness’

15 The Reception of Norms, and Open Legal Systems*

José Juan Moreso, and Pablo E. Navarro

Part IV Toward a Theory of Legal Norms

A. Ramifications of Kelsen's Late, Sceptical Phase

18 Hans Kelsen's Deontics*

Amedeo G. Conte

B. On Competing Conceptions of Norms

20 Is and Ought*

Georg Henrik von Wright

21 The Expressive Conception of Norms*

Carlos E. Alchourrón, and Eugenio Bulygin

Part V Power, Legal Powers, and Empowerment

23 Kelsen and Legal Power*

Norberto Bobbio

25 Legal Powers*

Dick W.P. Ruiter

Part VI Monism and Public International Law

28 Sovereignty*

Hans Kelsen