Hart, Raz and the Concept of a Legal System
Author: Coyle, S.
Source: Law and Philosophy, Volume 21, Number 3, May 2002 , pp. 275-304(30)
Abstract:An underpinning assumption of modern legal positivism is that the question of how legal standards differ from normative standards in other spheres of human thought is resolved via the concept of a legal system and the notion of internal logic, through use of contextual definition. This approach is seen to lead to an untenable form of structuralism altogether at odds with the positivist's intentions. An alternative strategy is offered which allows the positivists to retain their deepest insights, though at a price.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Law, University of Durham, 50 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET, UK, E-mail: Sean.Coyle@durham.ac.uk
Publication date: May 1, 2002