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Ratio Legis

Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives

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  • First academic work dedicated to the theoretical problems of ratio legis

  • Examines what ratio legis is, what it could be, and its practical implications

  • Legal practitioners globally use ratio legis in interpretation and reasoning without recourse to thorough theoretical background which is provided by our book

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. What Is Ratio Legis?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Ratio Legis as a Binding Legal Value

      • Marzena Kordela
      Pages 19-28
  3. What Can Ratio Legis Be?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. Nonconsequential Conception of Neutrality

      • Wojciech Ciszewski
      Pages 119-136
  4. What Practical Implications Can Ratio Legis Have?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 159-159

About this book

The book is dedicated to the theoretical problems concerning ratio legis. In the contexts of legal interpretation and legal reasoning, the two most important intellectual tools employed by lawyers, ratio legis would seem to offer an extremely powerful argument. Declaring the ratio legis of a statute can lead to a u-turn argumentation throughout the lifespan of the statute itself – in parliament, or in practice during court sessions, when it is tested against the constitution.

Though the ratio legis argument is widely used, much about it warrants further investigation. On the general philosophical map there are many overlapping areas that concern different approaches to human rationality and to the problems of practical reasoning. Particular problems with ratio legis arise in connection with different perspectives on legal philosophy and theory, especially in terms of the methods that lawyers use for legal interpretation and argumentation. These problems can be further subdivided into particular aspects of activities undertaken by lawyers and officials who use the ratio legis in their work, and the underlying theories. In short, this book examines what ratio legis is, what it could be, and its practical implications.

Keywords

  • Legislative act
  • Ratio legis
  • Legal reasoning
  • Interpretation
  • Legislation
  • Legislator
  • Constitution
  • Legal theory
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Robert Brandom
  • Jerzy Kmita
  • Metaphysical Elements of Justice
  • Political philosophy
  • Normative act
  • Validity
  • Legal norm
  • Categorical Imperative
  • Duty of virtue
  • Law-making
  • legal force

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Law, Department for German and European Private Law, Civil Procedural Law, and Legal Theory of Prof. Dr. Thomas Riehm, University of Passau, Passau, Germany

    Verena Klappstein

  • Department of Legal Theory and Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poznań, Poland

    Maciej Dybowski

About the editors

Dr. iur. Verena Klappstein M.A., LL.M. is Habilitandin at University of Passau (Faculty of law, Professorship for German and European Private Law, Civil Procedural Law and Legal Theory of Prof. Dr. Thomas Riehm). The working title of her Habilitation based on Kantian Moral Philosophy is: “Vertragsfreiheit durch Kontrahierungszwang und -verbot” (Freedom of Contract via obligation to and prohibition to contract). Her main research areas are Private, Company and Business Law, Legal Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. 

Dr Maciej Dybowski is a lawyer and a philosopher, working as an assistant professor at the Chair of Theory and Philosophy of Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. His main fields of research include philosophy of law, neopragmatism, law and language, philosophy of human rights.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-74271-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)