Alf Ross


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Danish philosopher of law, and professor of criminal law at Copenhagen. Ross was a follower of Kelsen, who added to the basic positivist standpoint a non-cognitivist view of normative discourse. A statement about what the law should be, or what rights and duties people have, functioned as a prescription or practical expression; a statement about what the law is are predictions about what courts will do (see law, philosophy of). His principal translated works included On Law and Justice (1958), and Directives and Norms (1968).

Subjects: Philosophy.

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