By Hans Kelsen
One of many top criminal philosophers of this century, Kelsen released this brief treatise in 1934, whilst the neo-Kantian impact on his paintings used to be at its zenith. An previous, "constructivist" part were displaced through his attempt to supply whatever approximating a neo-Kantian beginning for his concept. If this moment section represents the natural idea of legislations in its such a lot attribute shape, then the current treatise might be its important textual content. And of Kelsen's many statements of the natural conception, this one is unquestionably the main available. issues coated contain the felony norm and Kelsen's normativity thesis, legislations and morality, the position of ideology, the concept that of the felony individual, criminal interpretation, the id of legislations and kingdom, and the speculation of foreign legislations. one of the appendices is an annotated bibliography of secondary literature on Kelsen.
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