© 1996

Reason, Democracy, Society

A Study on the Basis of Legal Thinking


Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-5
  2. Sebastian Urbina
    Pages 6-24
  3. Sebastian Urbina
    Pages 25-49
  4. Sebastian Urbina
    Pages 50-63
  5. Sebastian Urbina
    Pages 64-81
  6. Sebastian Urbina
    Pages 135-153
  7. Sebastian Urbina
    Pages 154-171
  8. Sebastian Urbina
    Pages 172-195
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 196-245

About this book


Reason, Democracy, Society deals with basic points of legal theory and philosophy of law. The main contention of the book relates to the insufficiencies of the legal positivistic approach. Some of its claims are that we must sharply separate what the law is from, what the law ought to be, and that we can know what the law is without appealing to meta-legal considerations. These and other claims are criticized. The author shows that with the legal positivistic approach we cannot know, in all cases, what the law is, if that is equated to the rules posited by the legislator. He also challenges H.L.A. Hart's and MacCormick's points of view, amongst others, about the characteristic corner stones of legal positivism. Some other issues relate to human rights, legal rationality and efficiency and ethics. This book will be of interest to philosophers concerned with law or ethics, those concerned with justice in modern society and to jurists and law students.


H.L.A. Hart ethics human rights justice legal positivism legal thinking philosophy of law positivism will

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Balearic IslandPalma de MallorcaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reason, Democracy, Society
  • Book Subtitle A Study on the Basis of Legal Thinking
  • Authors Sebastián Urbina
  • Series Title Law and Philosophy Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-4262-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4759-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-2846-1
  • Series ISSN 1572-4395
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 246
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theories of Law, Philosophy of Law, Legal History
    Philosophy of Law
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors