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Legality and Legitimacy New ed

David DyzenhausAssociate Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada

ISBN13: 9780198298465
ISBN: 0198298463
Published: July 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
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This book investigates one of the oldest questions of legal philosophy---the relationship between law and legitimacy. It analyses the legal theories of three eminent public lawyers of the Weimar era, Carl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen, and Hermann Heller. Their theories addressed the problems of legal and political order in a crisis-ridden modern society and so they remain highly relevant to contemporary debates about legal order in the age of pluralism.;Schmitt, the philosopher of German fascism, has recently received much attention. Kelsen is well-known as one of the main exponents of the philosophy of legal positivism. Heller is virtually unknown outside Germany.;Dyzenhaus exposes the dangers of Schmitt's legal philosophy by situating it in the legal context of constitutional crisis to which he responded. He also points out the severs inadequacies of Kelsen's legal positivism. In a wide-ranging account of the predicaments of contemporary legal and political philosophy, Heller's position is argued to be the most promising of the three.

1. Legality and Legitimacy -- Refractions from Weimar; 2. Friend and Enemy: Schmitt and the Politics of Law; 3. The Pure Theory in Practice: Kelsen's Science of Law; 4. The Legitimacy of Legal Order: Hermann Heller's Legal Theory; 5. Lessons from Weimar: The Legitimacy of Legality; Index