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Legal Monism: Law, Philosophy, and Politics

Paul Gragl


This book defends the theory of legal monism against dualism and pluralism. Whereas dualism holds that different bodies of law such as international and national law are entirely separate and pluralism argues that there are many potentially overlapping and heterarchical bodies of law, monism considers all law to form part of one unitary and hierarchically ordered legal order, be it international, EU, or national law. To this end, this book will use the pure theory of law of the Vienna School of Jurisprudence, which has—since its inception in the first half of the twentieth century—been largely ... More

Keywords: monism, dualism, pluralism, Kelsen, pure theory of law, international law, EU law, epistemology, cosmopolitanism, democracy

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Gragl, author
Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Queen Mary, University of London

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