Norm and Statement as Different Significations of a Sentence

Hans Kelsen

in General Theory of Norms

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198252177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681363 | DOI:
Norm and Statement as Different Significations of a Sentence

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From the logical point of view, the decisive factor in distinguishing norms from statements about norms is the difference between a norm, whatever its linguistic expression may be, e.g. imperative sentence or sollen-sentence — i.e. a norm as the signification of a sentence — and a statement, by which we must understand not a linguistic expression but its specific signification, a signification also called an assertion or a judgment. Nevertheless, in common usage, the word ‘statement’ also refers to the act of stating, the act of making-a-statement, and thus equally to the act and the meaning of the act (the signification of the spoken sentence).

Keywords: linguistic expression; norms and statements; imperative sentence; sollen-sentence; judgment; spoken sentence

Chapter.  1209 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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