Austin’s Complementary Jurisprudence
Vera Lex, Vol. 4, No. 2 pp. 61-97 (2003)
38 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2014 Last revised: 25 Dec 2015
Date Written: January 1, 2003
The jurisprudence of Austin has long served as a straw man for positivism and as a punching bag for positivism's opponents as well as its more sophisticated promoters, such as Hart. This article discusses the richness of Austin's jurisprudence and its complementary nature - its ability as a theory to include a moral perspective on law that serves as a basis for hard legal power and authority.
Keywords: Austin, Hart, jurisprudence, legal theory, philosophy
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