Controversies About Law's Ontology

Controversies About Law's Ontology

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In this book some of Europe's most distinguished juristic scholars present a series of debates on the philosophy of law. Legal theorists, including Michel Villey, Ronald Dworkin, Ola Weinberger, Jerzy Wroblewski and Hulmut Wilke, debate the issue of the "existence" of law. They ask - does law exist? and if so, how, and on what footing? Is it complete in itself, or subject to gaps? Is it complete in itself, or subject to gaps? Is law self-sustaining, or has it external supports and sources of legitimization? In controversial exchanges they define the ontological commitments necessary to believe in law's existence, and debate the concept of laws as "institutional facts". This book debates the whole range of ontological issues about law, and should be of particular interest to philosophers and sociologists of more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 426g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748602801
  • 9780748602803

Table of contents

Part 1 Locating the law: law in things, Michel Villey; law in the mind, Paul Amselek. Part 2 Contingency and necessity in law: voluntarist theories of law - ontology and the theory of legal science, Michel Troper; institutionalist theories of law, Ota Weinberger; structuralist theories of law, Andre Jean Arnaud. Part 3 Openness and finitude of law: an "open texture" in law, Neil MacCormick; on gaps in the law, Ronald Dworkin; on the unstated in law - implicit presuppositions and conventions, Jerzy Wroblewski. Part 4 Law generating itself: the autopoietic theory of law - autonomy of law and contextual transfer, Helmut Willke; legal system and reality - a discussion of the autopoietic theory of law, Christophe more