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1st Edition

Critical Legal Positivism

ISBN 9781138246539
Published August 26, 2016 by Routledge
366 Pages

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Book Description

This profound and scholarly treatise develops a critical version of legal positivism as the basis for modern legal scholarship. Departing from the formalism of Hart and Kelsen and blending the European tradition of Weber, Habermas and Foucault with the Anglo-American contributions of Dworkin and MacCormick, Tuori presents the normative and practical faces of law as a multilayered phenomenon within which there is an important role for critical legal dogmatics in furthering law's self-understanding and coherence. Its themes also resonate with importance for the development of the European legal system.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: Modern law and its problems. Three Narratives of Modern Law: Max Weber: the formal rationality of modern law; Francois Ewald: the rationality of the norm; Jürgen Habermas: the communicative rationality of law. The Aspects and the Levels of the Law: The two faces of the law; The levels of the law; The formation of the legal order: the relations of sedimentation and constitution; The self-limitation of the law; The legitimacy of modern law; Legal science; Bibliography; Index.

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Kaarlo Tuori, Professor of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland Professor at the Academy of Finland 1986-1991, Professor of Law at the University of Helsinki from 1991, Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland 1995, Counselor to the Constitutional Committee of the Parliament of Finland. Several books in legal theory and public law (in Finnish), articles in legal theory in Finnish, Swedish, English, Spanish and German


'...Turoi's treatise on Critical Legal Positivism is a most inspiring book and a true asset on the bookshelf of contemporary legal theorists.' Associations (Journal for Legal and Social Theory)