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Law as an Artifact

Luka Burazin, Kenneth Einar Himma, and Corrado Roversi


In this volume leading scholars from both the continental and analytic schools examine how their respective theoretical positions relate to the artifactual nature of law. It offers a complete analysis of what the claim that law—and its units: legal systems, legal norms, and particular legal institutions—is an artifact, in fact, ontologically entails and what consequences, if any, this claim has for philosophical accounts of law. Examining the artifactual nature of law draws attention to the role that intention, function, and action play in the ontological structure of law, and how these attrib ... More

Keywords: law, legal systems, normativity, ontology of law, law as an artifact, artifacts, institutions, social practice, functions of law, artifact theory of law, legal positivism

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198821977
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198821977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luka Burazin, editor
University of Zagreb

Kenneth Einar Himma, editor
University of Washington

Corrado Roversi, editor
University of Bologna

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