Acts of Commanding, Commands, and Observance of Commands

Hans Kelsen

in General Theory of Norms

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198252177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681363 | DOI:
Acts of Commanding, Commands, and Observance of Commands

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Any attempt to describe a command and its observance without referring to inner processes in the commander and the addressee means that the concepts of ‘command’ and ‘observance’ have to be completely given up, at least in so far as one is talking of subjective observance, i.e. when the addressee understands the utterance addressed to him as a command and acts in accordance with it because he wants to act in accordance with it, i.e. because the motive for his behaviour is his mental representation of the command.

Keywords: acts of commanding; commands; observance of commands; behaviour; mental representation

Chapter.  2124 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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