Ratio and Voluntas: The Tension Between Reason and Will in Law (Applied Legal Philosophy)

Ratio and Voluntas: The Tension Between Reason and Will in Law (Applied Legal Philosophy)

By: Kaarlo Tuori (author), Professor Tom D. Campbell (series_editor)Hardback

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From the ancient beginnings of Western legal tradition, law has been conceived as traversed by a fundamental tension between power (will) and reason. This volume examines the tension between these two poles, 'ratio and voluntas' in modern law. Part I focuses on three instructive phases in the history of the law's ratio. Part II examines the way legal scholarship, especially doctrinal research (legal dogmatics), can and should contribute to the law's coherence. Part III explores the role of constitutional law in managing the tension between law's voluntas and ratio. The final chapter discusses the implications the growth of transnational law may have on the relationship between ratio and voluntas. The study builds on the views of the distinctive features of the ideal-typical mature modern legal system as presented in the author's previous work, Critical Legal Positivism (Ashgate 2002).

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Kaarlo Tuori is Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of the Centre of Excellence in the Foundations of European Law and Polity, Helsinki University. He has published widely on aspects of Legal Philosophy.


Contents: Preface; Prologue: Two challengers of normative legal scholarship; Part I The Historical and Cultural Dependence of the Law's Ratio: The traditions of law; The heritage of the historical school: German 19th-century legal scholarship; The critique of conceptualism: legal realism amd analytic jurisprudence. Part II Legal Scholarship and the Coherence of Law: The law's system: from total to local coherence; Concepts, principles, and theories. Part III Ratio and Voluntas in Constitutional Law: The rule of law and the Rechtsstaat; Gouvernement des juges? Epilogue: The law's farewell to the nation state?; Bibliography; Index.

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  • publication date: 28/12/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781409420132
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781409420132
  • weight: 832
  • ISBN10: 1409420132

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