Roger A. Shiner

in Norm and Nature

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780198257196
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681721 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Law Series


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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to present in a different light the nature and achievements of traditional legal theory. If we are able to gain a better view of what is happening in traditional analytical jurisprudence, then we shall just by the completion of that task be better able to understand that which analytical jurisprudence purports to analyse: the human social institution of law. The chapter then discusses how legal theory must always begin with legal positivism and the limitations of positivism. An overview of the four parts of the book is also presented.

Keywords: legal theory; legal positivism; legal philosophy

Chapter.  6031 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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