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Positive law and the Kelsenian project

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Publication date18/05/2017
Host publicationKelsenian legal science and the nature of law
EditorsP Langford, I Bryan, J McGarry
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (print)9783319518176
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameLaw and Philosophy Library
ISSN (Print)1572-4395


This contribution considers the Kelsenian project of a legal science of positive law against the backdrop of a striking shift in orientation away from a distinctively Kelsenian theoretical and methodological framework for the comprehension of positive law. The authors examine and problematize contemporary formulations of legal positivism which have a tendency to simplify, downplay, disengage from or renounce an unambiguously Kelsenian conceptualisation of law as a normative order. In so doing, the authors clear the ground for a critical reconstruction and assessment of the continued relevance of Kelsenian legal science for contemporary legal theories positive law.