A Theory of Legal Sentences

  • Manuel Atienza
  • Juan Ruiz Manero
  • Francisco J. Laporta
  • Aleksander Peczenik
  • Frederick Schauer

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Manuel Atienza, Juan Ruiz Manero
    Pages 1-43
  3. Manuel Atienza, Juan Ruiz Manero
    Pages 44-89
  4. Manuel Atienza, Juan Ruiz Manero
    Pages 90-119
  5. Manuel Atienza, Juan Ruiz Manero
    Pages 120-140
  6. Manuel Atienza, Juan Ruiz Manero
    Pages 141-161
  7. Manuel Atienza, Juan Ruiz Manero
    Pages 162-182
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 183-194

About this book


Legal statements are, according to the authors, the most basic elements of the law. Nevertheless they must be considered not only as the pieces of a puzzle, but also as the components of a dynamic and highly complex reality: the law of contemporary society. The book presents an analysis of the different types of legal statements (mandatory rules, principles, power-conferring rules, definitions, permissions, values and the rule of recognition) from a threeefold perspective, that is, considering their logical structure, their function in legal reasoning as reasons for action, and their connections with the interests and power relationships among the individuals and the social groups. The result is conceived as a first step in the building of a general theory of law designed not as an isolated discourse but as a decisive element for the dynamization of the legal culture.


Conceptualist Thesis Mandatory Norms Non-Peremptory Reasons Peremptory Reasons Permissive Sentences Power-Conferring Rules Principles and Rules Rule of Recognition Types of Principles Types of Sentences theory of law

Authors and affiliations

  • Manuel Atienza
    • 1
  • Juan Ruiz Manero
    • 1
  1. 1.Universiy of AlicanteAlicanteSpain

Editors and affiliations

  • Francisco J. Laporta
    • 1
  • Aleksander Peczenik
    • 2
  • Frederick Schauer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of LawAutonomous University of MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of LawUniversity of LundLundSweden
  3. 3.John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3738-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0848-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4395
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