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Contemporary Legal Philosophy in Germany

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This article gives a concise overview on developments in German legal philosophy since 1990. After briefly sketching the previous streams, dating back to 1945, it focuses on current tendencies and topics. Three main debates are reported in detail, namely the debates on the structure of legal argumentation, on the structure of the legal system, and on Radbruch's Formula. This includes, inter alia, Robert Alexy's new theory of balancing as well as the debate on the role of logic in legal reasoning. Overall, the article introduces the main protagonists and schools as well as their respective advantages, drawbacks, and challenges.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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  • Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, edited by authorisation of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR), is an international, peer-reviewed journal, first published in 1907. It features original articles on philosophical research on legal and social questions, covering all aspects of social and legal life.
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