Ex facto jus oritur

  • Alexander SomekEmail author
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 130)


The legal relation is the mode in which we allow action to go forward, that is based on reasons that do not appeal to us or may even strike as wrong. The reasons remain foreign to us. We treat, therefore, the having of reasons as a social fact. Someone wants something. At the same time, the law also reconciles ourselves with the traces of foreign reason that we encounter in the sources of law. Indeed, the true story that is to be told about sources of law is that they help us to bridge difference. This reconciliation is, however, never complete and eventually mediated by the serene irony that is the benchmark of genuine hermeneutic suspense.


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  1. 1.University of ViennaViennaAustria

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