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AuthorMunzer, Stephen. author
TitleLegal Validity [electronic resource] / by Stephen Munzer
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972
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Descript VIII, 74 p. 1 illus. online resource


This study of legal validity is an expanded and thoroughly revised version of my B.Phil. thesis in philosophy at Oxford University in 1969. I am grateful to Professor R. M. Hare, Dr. P. M. Hacker, and Mr. L. J. Cohen for their patient criticism of earlier drafts, and to Professor Donald H. Regan for several suggestions at a later stage. I owe a much larger debt to Professor H. L. A. Hart for his detailed comments on the completed thesis. His help has been especially generยญ ous in light of the fact that I have so often disagreed with him. It should not be assumed that those from whose advice I have benefited share the views expressed in this essay. I am responsible for any mistakes it may contain. In the footnotes I have used the following abbreviations: CL - Hart, The Concept of Law (1961) GT - Kelsen, General Theory of Law and State (1945) PT - Kelsen, Pure Theory of Law (1967) LJ - Ross, On Law and Justice (1958)


I. Introduction: The Subject of Legal Validity -- 1. Legal validity as a topic in analytical jurisprudence -- 2. Program for this study -- II. Validity, Efficacy, and Existence -- 1. Statement of the problem -- 2. Ross on validity and existence -- 3. Kelsenโ{128}{153}s account of validity -- 4. Hartโ{128}{153}s treatment of validity -- 5. Validity, efficacy, and existence -- III. The Identification of Valid Law -- 1. Statement of the problem -- 2. Kelsen and the basic norm -- 3. Hart and the rule of recognition -- 4. The concept of a rule of identification -- 5. The dispensability of rules of identification; โ{128}{156}rules of smaller scopeโ{128}{157} -- 6. Conclusions -- 7. Some objections -- Table of Cases

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