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Essays on the Doctrinal Study of Law

  • A new and personal analysis of the role of ontology in legal reasoning

  • New interpretation is given to the much discussed theory of (legal) institutions

  • Introduces the modern theory of legal reasoning of the Nordic countries


Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 3-7
    3. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 9-17
    4. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 19-24
  3. The Foundations of Legal Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 27-30
    3. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 31-38
    4. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 39-44
    5. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 45-52
    6. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 53-63
    7. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 65-70
  4. Between Realism and Idealism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 73-79
    3. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 81-94
    4. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 95-104
    5. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 105-114
  5. On the Doctrinal Study of Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Aulis Aarnio
      Pages 119-124

About this book


This book is a summary of the author’s 40 years of research in the fields of civil law and the philosophy of law. The main focus is on the two main tasks in the doctrinal study of law: the interpretation and systematisation of legal norms. In this regard, Professor Aarnio deals with the theory of argumentation as well as with its foundations - i.e., with the ontology, epistemology and methodology of legal thinking - and develops the ideas that were first presented in The Rational as Reasonable (Kluwer 1987) in all of these dimensions. The work includes an updated discussion on the writings of Robert Alexy, Jûrgen Habermas, Ronald Dworkin and Alf Ross. A focal point of view concerns the distinction between positivism and non-positivism, in which the core of the criticism focuses on Scandinavian realism.


Alf Ross Alf Ross Argumentation Argumentation Civil Law Civil Law Democracy Democracy Epistemology Epistemology Foundation of Argumentation Hermeneutic Circle Hermeneutic Circle Idealism Jürgen Habermas Jürgen Habermas Law Law Legal Realism Legal Realsim Legal Realsim Legal Thinking Legal Thinking Liberty Limits of Law Limits of Law Methodology of Legal Thinking New Rhetoric Ontology Ontology Philosophy of Law Philosophy of Law Positivism Positivism Pratical Reason Progress Progress Realsim Robert Alexy Robert Alexy Ronald Dworkin Ronald Dworkin Rule of Law Rule of Law Scandinavian Realism Scientific Inference Scientific Inference Scientific Interpretation Study of Law Study of Law Theory of Argumentation Theory of Argumentation non-Positivism non-Positivism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Tampere ClubUniversity of TampereKangasalaFinland

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