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  1. The Cosmopolitan Constitution.Alexander Somek - 2016 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Originally the constitution was expected to express and channel popular sovereignty. It was the work of freedom, springing from and facilitating collective self-determination. After the Second World War this perspective changed: the modern constitution owes its authority not only to collective authorship, it also must commit itself credibly to human rights. Thus people recede into the background, and the national constitution becomes embedded into one or other system of 'peer review' among nations.This is what Alexander Somek argues is the creation (...)
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    Legality and the Legal Relation.Alexander Somek - 2020 - Ratio Juris 33 (3):307-316.
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    Engineering Equality: An Essay on European Anti-Discrimination Law.Alexander Somek - 2011 - Oxford University Press UK.
    In an age of widespread cutbacks on social spending, the prospects of social policy generally appear to be grim. If noticeable progress has been recently made in the European Union, then it is in regard to rooting out discrimination. Indeed, anti-discrimination law and policy appears to be the one sphere of social policy whose success is causally connected to the European Union. But how successful can anti-discrimination law be? This book uses legal analysis in order to expose the intrinsic shortcomings (...)
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  4. The Legal Relation: Legal Theory after Legal Positivism.Alexander Somek - 2017 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    What is law? The usual answer is that the law is a system of norms. But this answer gives us at best half of the story. The law is a way of relating to one another. We do not do this as lovers or friends and not as people who are interested in obtaining guidance from moral insight. In a legal context, we are cast as 'character masks', for example, as 'buyer' and 'seller' or 'landlord' and 'tenant'. We expect to (...)
     
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    Individualism: An Essay on the Authority of the European Union.Alexander Somek - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    This book presents an original picture of the legitimacy underlying the European Union. Drawing on ancient and modern political philosophy, the book argues that the transnational regime is rooted in an individualist social and intellectual culture, and depends on an apolitical, isolated citizenship.
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    IV. Zur Rekonstruktion des Rechts : Die Prinzipien des Rechtsstaates.Alexander Somek - 2016 - In Christian Hiebaum & Peter Koller (eds.), Jürgen Habermas: Faktizität Und Geltung. De Gruyter. pp. 69-84.
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  7. Vienna lectures on legal philosophy.Christoph Bezemek, Michael Potacs & Alexander Somek (eds.) - 2018 - New York: Hart.
    volume 1: Legal positivism, institutionalism and globalisation -- volume 2: Normativism and anti-normativism in law.
     
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  8. Is there a European common good?Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Alexander Somek & Doris Wydra (eds.) - 2013 - Baden-Baden: Nomos.
     
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  9. Die Praxis ist ganz anders. Rechtstheoretischer Versuch über die Rechtspraxis im Rahmen einer systemtheoretischen Reformulierung des Holmesschen Pradiktivismus.Alexander Somek - 1987 - Rechtstheorie 18 (4):463-486.
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    Knowing what the law is: legal theory in a new key.Alexander Somek - 2021 - New York: Hart.
    This book provides a selective and somewhat cheeky account of prominent positions in legal theory, such as American legal realism, modern legal positivism, sociological systems theory, institutionalism and critical legal studies. It presents a relational approach to law and a new perspective on legal sources. The book explores topics of legal theory in a playful manner. It is written and composed in a way that refutes the widespread prejudice that legal theory is a dreary subject, with a cast of characters (...)
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  11. Recht als Kritik der praktischen Vernunft.Alexander Somek - 2022 - Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 108 (1):5-19.
    Historically, the connection between law and practical reason has been subject to at least two expositions. According to the first, the law is the deposit of the moral reasons people have to create a set of institutions. The existence of law is, thus understood, a consequence of potentially universal reasons for action (and a wellspring of further such reasons). Alternately, practical reason can be seen as relevant to positive law in the dual role to limit the tolerable content of positive (...)
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  12. Rechtsdynamik für Eilige - Hans Kelsen über Gewaltenteilung.Alexander Somek - 2009 - In Annette Brockmöller & Eric Hilgendorf (eds.), Rechtsphilosophie Im 20. Jahrhundert: 100 Jahre Archiv für Rechts- Und Sozialphilosophie. Nomos.
     
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  13. TRS Allan, Constitutional Justice. A Liberal Theory of the Rule of Law Reviewed by.Alexander Somek - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (6):389-391.
     
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  14. Von der Rechtserkenntnis zur interpretativen Praxis.Alexander Somek - 1992 - Rechtstheorie 23:467-490.
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    Legal Formality and Freedom of Choice. A Moral Perspective on Jhering’s Constructivism.Alexander Somek - 2002 - Ratio Juris 15 (1):52-62.
  16. Ronald Dworkin, Sovereign Virtue. The Theory and Practice of Equality Reviewed by.Alexander Somek - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21 (6):416-419.
     
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    Begründen und Bestimmen.Alexander Somek - 1999 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 47 (3).
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  18. German legal philosophy and theory in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.Alexander Somek - 1996 - In Dennis M. Patterson (ed.), A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory. Blackwell.
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    Neoliberale Gerechtigkeit.Alexander Somek - 2003 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 51 (1).
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    Legality and Irony.Alexander Somek - 2016 - Jurisprudence 7 (3):431-448.
    Modern legal positivism tries to preserve the normativity of law while abstaining from generally viewing positive laws as reasons for action. This effort is epitomised, in particular, in Raz' idea that the substance of positive law can be imparted from the detached perspective of the ‘legal man’. From that perspective, it is not stated what one ought to do, all things considered, but merely what one ought to do from the legal point of view. The first part of this article (...)
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    Rechtsverhältnis und aufrechter Gang. Rechtsethik im zweiten Versuch.Alexander Somek - 2011 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 59 (3):439-453.
    The concept of law presupposes the concept of the legal relationship. Law authorizes, potentially or actually, the use of coercion in order to guarantee freedom from interference by others. But coercive norms also constitute internal negative liberty for their addressees. A legal obligation cannot require adopting, let alone endorsing, the internal perspective of the law-giver. Legal subjects remain strangers to one another. Reconciling legality with autonomy involves, therefore, conceiving of one′s self-determination from the perspective of someone whose reasoning remains ultimately (...)
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    Stateless Law: Kelsen's Conception and its Limits.Alexander Somek - 2006 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 26 (4):753-774.
    Hans Kelsen’s claim that the state and the law are identical is surrounded by a somewhat mystical air. Yet, the ‘identity thesis’ loses much of its mystical aura when it is seen as an attempt to recast the state, qua social fact, in deontological terms. The state is seen as a condition necessary to account for the validity of legal acts. Indeed, the meaning of the state is reduced to the function performed by a conception of order in the reproduction (...)
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    From the Rule of Law to the Constitutionalist Makeover: Changing European Conceptions of Public International Law.Alexander Somek - 2011 - Constellations 18 (4):567-588.
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    National Solidarity, Global Impartiality, and the Performance of Philosophical Theory. The Example of Migration Policy[I would li].Alexander Somek - 1998 - Ratio Juris 11 (2):103-125.
    This paper explores the issue of whether an international system of nation‐states can be defended from a global perspective of impartiality. At present, it seems as if the nation‐state were the only suitable institutional location for the realization of effective systems of social justice. Provided that national politics is indeed disposed to promote the freedom and well‐being of its citizens, a decentralized system of nation‐states is likely to produce beneficial effects. Experience, however, teaches that national politics has in many instances (...)
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