Positivism and Normative Inference: Two Key Legal Problems of Late Modernity
27 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2008
Date Written: September 15, 2008
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
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