Self-sufficiency of Law : A Critical-institutional Theory of Social Order

Dennis Patterson Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy, European University Institute  This book is an excellent contribution to both legal philosophy and the general theory of norms.  William Twining Quain Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, University College London

Main Author: Croce, Mariano
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Published: Dordrecht Springer Netherlands 2012, 2012
Edition:1st ed. 2012
Series:Law and Philosophy Library
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Law as a complex practice: the rule-based model
  • Overview
  • 1. Legal theory as a scientific discipline and the variety of rules
  • 2. Legal validity and the problem of rule-acceptance 
  • 3. Reflective acceptance: reasons for action and criterion-rules
  • 4. The legal practice and its (vanishing) borders 
  • Part II. Law as a selective practice: the social and the legal
  • Overview
  • 5. The pluralist divide
  • 6. Legal pluralism revised: law as the product of selection
  • 7. Classic institutionalism: jural reality and legal selection
  • 8. Exploring the jural continuum 
  • Part III. The law as a special practice: legal field and social reality
  • Overview 
  • 9. Negotiating reality: knowledge and categories in the legal field
  • 10. The ritual dimension of law: normality, normativity, and critique
  • Epilogue: defending a pluralist critical-institutional view of law
  • Bibliography
  • Index