Reform and Tradition: Changes and Continuities in Neil MacCormick’s Concept of Law

  • Massimo La Torre
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 93)


La Torre considers the unfolding of D. Neil MacCormick’s legal theory by reference to the concept of law endorsed by the Scottish philosopher. La Torre claims that the legal theory of MacCormick is the true heir to the normative project underlying Hart’s legal theory, in the precise sense that it has pushed to its logical and normative conclusion the quest for a non-decisionistic understanding of law, which stresses the key role played by social legal practices, the centrality of the standpoint internal to law as a normative order to understand legal phenomena, and consequently, calls for a theory which focuses on the addressees of the law and not exclusively on institutional actors.


Institutional Fact Legal Theory Normative Order Deductive Reasoning Internal Point 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hull Law School, Università “Magna Graecia” di CatanzaroCatanzaroItaly

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