The Condition and Effect of Human Behaviour as Content of Norms

Hans Kelsen

in General Theory of Norms

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198252177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681363 | DOI:
The Condition and Effect of Human Behaviour as Content of Norms

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If human behaviour is called the object of a norm, it is in the sense that human behaviour is decreed to be obligatory in the norm. This does not mean that the norm is concerned only with human behaviour. Since the norms of positive morality or positive law always prescribe a certain human behaviour only under certain conditions, they are concerned with these conditions; and these conditions can be human behaviour as well as facts other than human behaviour. The condition can be some previous behaviour of the same person whose behaviour is prescribed as the consequence, e.g. in the norm ‘If someone sins, he is to repent.’

Keywords: human behaviour; content of norms; positive morality; positive laws; object of norm; obligation

Chapter.  789 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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