Hans Kelsen in America - Selective Affinities and the Mysteries of Academic Influence

  • D.A. Jeremy Telman

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 116)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. D. A. Jeremy Telman
    Pages 1-13
  3. Hans Kelsen and American Legal Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Michael S. Green
      Pages 31-55
  4. Hans Kelsen and the Development of Public International Law

  5. Kelsen in Unexplored Dialogues

  6. Kelsen’s Legacies

  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Clemens Jabloner
      Pages 331-342
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 363-368

About this book


This volume explores the reasons for Hans Kelsen’s lack of influence in the United States and proposes ways in which Kelsen’s approach to law, philosophy, and political, democratic, and international relations theory could be relevant to current debates within the U.S. academy in those areas. Along the way, the volume examines Kelsen’s relationship and often hidden influences on other members of the mid-century Central European émigré community whose work helped shape twentieth-century social science in the United States.  
The book includes major contributions to the history of ideas and to the sociology of the professions in the U.S. academy in the twentieth century. Each section of the volume explores a different aspect of the puzzle of the neglect of Kelsen’s work in various disciplinary and national settings.  
Part I provides reconstructions of Kelsen’s legal theory and defends that theory against negative assessments in Anglo-American jurisprudence.  
Part II focuses both on Kelsen’s theoretical views on international law and his practical involvement in the post-war development of international criminal law.  
Part III addresses Kelsen’s theories of democracy and justice while placing him in dialogue with other major twentieth-century thinkers, including two fellow émigré scholars, Leo Strauss and Albert Ehrenzweig. 
Part IV explores Kelsen’s intellectual legacies through European and American perspectives on the interaction of Kelsen’s theoretical approach to law and national legal traditions in the United States and Germanny.  
Each contribution features a particular applications of Kelsen’s approach to doctrinal and interpretive issues currently of interest in the legal academy.  The volume concludes with two chapters on the nature of Kelsen’s legal theory as an instance of modernism.


Contract and Business Law Genesis of International Criminal Law H.L.A. Hart Hans Kelsen Hans Kelsen and the Development of Public International Law Hans Morgenthau Kelsenian Interpretive Theory Beyond Textualism and Originalism Legal Formalism Legal Positivism Legal Realism Monism and Dualism Nuremberg Trial Philosophy of Law and Theory of Law Primary and Secondary Norms Psychoanalytical Jurisprudence Pure Theory of Law Second World War and the US Government Underpinning for Normativist Legal Positivism

Editors and affiliations

  • D.A. Jeremy Telman
    • 1
  1. 1.Valparaiso University Law School Wesemann HallValparaisoUSA

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