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Conceptual Jurisprudence

Methodological Issues, Classical Questions and New Approaches

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  • Provides an overview of the cutting-edge work developments about the concept of law and the methodology of conceptual jurisprudence, offering a roadmap of the central debates in the field
  • Contains all-new essays by emerging and established scholars from a range of backgrounds discussing the fundamental issues of conceptual jurisprudence
  • Challenges well-established substantive and methodological theses of conceptual jurisprudence, suggesting new avenues for future work

Part of the book series: Law and Philosophy Library (LAPS, volume 137)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Methodological Questions

  2. Legal Systems and Their Coercive Power

  3. Law and Morality

  4. New Theoretical Approaches


About this book

This book brings together leading legal theorists to present original philosophical work on the concept of law - the central question of jurisprudence. It covers five broad topics: firstly it addresses debates concerning the methodology of jurisprudence. In Part II it focuses on the notion of a legal system and its coercive nature, while Part III explores the relationships between law and morality, the traditional point of contention between positivist and non-positivist theories of law. Part IV then examines questions regarding law’s normative character and relationships with practical reason. Lastly, the final part introduces two novel theoretical approaches to conceptual jurisprudence.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

    Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora

  • Hermann Kantorowicz-Institute of Fundamental Legal Research, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany

    Gonzalo Villa Rosas

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Conceptual Jurisprudence

  • Book Subtitle: Methodological Issues, Classical Questions and New Approaches

  • Editors: Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora, Gonzalo Villa Rosas

  • Series Title: Law and Philosophy Library

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78802-5Published: 02 September 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78805-6Published: 03 September 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-78803-2Published: 01 September 2021

  • Series ISSN: 1572-4395

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-0315

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 319

  • Topics: Theories of Law, Philosophy of Law, Legal History, Philosophy of Law

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