A Diachronic Index and Glossary to What Is Justice? Collected Essays by Hans Kelsen
151 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2017 Last revised: 14 Dec 2017
Date Written: October 17, 2017
“What is Justice?” is a compilation of essays by Hans Kelsen that deal with problems of justice and their relationship to law, philosophy, and science. The broad scope and applicability of “What is Justice?” makes it a valuable source for research and writing across jurisdictions and in almost any area of law. Access to the English translation of “What is Justice?” is challenging because the book has no index. This present Index aims to provide scholars with a way in to Kelsen's work.
Kelsen's tightly packed generalisations and conceptual arguments, which are intended to apply generally to all laws and legal systems, are not accessible to all readers. The Index attempts to present Kelsen's theories in a manner that enables readers to apply them to any area of law and to take full advantage of Kelsen's wisdom. The authors call their work an "index" because it most closely resembles that literary form. However, the work and its companion, "A Diachronic Index and Glossary to [Kelsen's] Pure Theory of Law?" http://ssrn.com/abstract=3054772 attempt much more. Each has features of a concordance, and each finds conceptual links between Kelsen's insight and legal institutions and reasoning in areas of law that he never considered. A paper that uses the Indexes to examine such links is John Prebble, "Kelsen, the Principle of Exclusion of Contradictions, and General Anti-Avoidance Rules in Tax Law": http://ssrn.com/abstract=2645423.
The Indexes are presented on SSRN as PDFs designed to print on A5 stock to make books of approximately 150 pages. The PDFs are searchable electronically. Both works may also be viewed in Microsoft Word Outline View, which offers extra searching options. Readers who would like to search the Indexes in Outline View may obtain Microsoft Word versions from the first named author.
Keywords: Hans Kelsen, Index, philosophy, justice, jurisprudence
JEL Classification: KOO
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