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  1. Reconciling Positivism and Realism: Kelsen and Habermas on Democracy and Human Rights.David Ingram - 2014 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 40 (3):237-267.
    It is well known that Hans Kelsen and Jürgen Habermas invoke realist arguments drawn from social science in defending an international, democratic human rights regime against Carl Schmitt’s attack on the rule of law. However, despite embracing the realist spirit of Kelsen’s legal positivism, Habermas criticizes Kelsen for neglecting to connect the rule of law with a concept of procedural justice (Part I). I argue, to the contrary (Part II), that Kelsen does connect these terms, albeit in a manner that (...)
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  • The Role of the Jurist: Reflections Around Radbruch.Roger Cotterrell - 2013 - Ratio Juris 26 (4):510-522.
    Many different kinds of professionals work with law, but often they seek to use law for particular governmental or private purposes, they focus on some specific areas or aspects of its creation, interpretation or application, or they study it for its interest judged by criteria that are given by fields of scholarly practice outside it. Is there a special significance for a role exclusively concerned with analysing, protecting and enhancing the general well-being or worth of law as a practical idea? (...)
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  • Gustav Radbruch Vs. Hans Kelsen: A Debate on Nazi Law.Frank Haldemann - 2005 - Ratio Juris 18 (2):162-178.
    . Can the label “law” apply to rules as amoral as the enactments of the Nazis? This question confronted the courts in Germany after 1945. In dealing with it, the judges had to take sides in the philosophical debate over the concept of law. In this context, the prominent voices of the legal philosophers Gustav Radbruch and Hans Kelsen could not go unheard. This paper draws on what could have been the “Radbruch‐Kelsen debate on Nazi Law.” In examining the debate, (...)
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