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An Algebraic Analysis of Normative Systems

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In the present paper we study how subsystems of a normative system can be combined, and the role of such combinations for the understanding of hypothetical legal consequences. A combination of two subsystems is often accomplished by a normative correlation or an intermediate concept. To obtain a detailed analysis of such phenomena we use an algebraic framework. Normative systems are represented as algebraic structures over sets of conditions. This representation makes it possible to study normative systems using an extension of the theory of Boolean algebras, called the theory of Boolean quasi-orderings.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden, 2: Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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