Positivism and Normative Inference: Two Key Legal Problems of Late Modernity

27 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2008

Date Written: September 15, 2008

Abstract

Two false dichotomies, "no is from ought" and "either natural law or positivism" impair current legal thought. This article exposes those dichotomies and explains why they are not in fact accurate using Professor Duncan Kennedy's work as a foil for the exposition.

Keywords: positivism, natural law, vernunftrecht, ius naturalis, law of reason, rule of law, rechtstaat, positive law, legal philosophy, legal theory, jurisprudence, philosophy of law, theory of law, aristotle, hobbes, hume, kelsen

JEL Classification: K10, K33

Suggested Citation

Engle, Eric, Positivism and Normative Inference: Two Key Legal Problems of Late Modernity (September 15, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1268520 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1268520

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