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Deontic Logic and Legal Systems

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law

  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521767392

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  • A considerable number of books and papers have analyzed normative concepts using new techniques developed by logicians; however, few have bridged the gap between the English legal culture and the Continental (i.e. European and Latin American) tradition in legal philosophy. This book addresses this issue by offering an introductory study on the many possibilities that logical analysis offers the study of legal systems. The volume is divided into two sections: the first covers the basic aspects of classical and deontic logic and its connections, advancing an explanation of the most important topics of the discipline by comparing different systems of deontic logic and exploring some of the most important paradoxes in its domain. The second section deals with the role of logic in the analysis of legal systems by discussing in what sense deontic logic and the logic of norm-propositions are useful tools for a proper understanding of the systematic structure of law.

    • Offers an introduction to basic moral and legal issues, such as the nature of norms, the validity of normative arguments, the justification of judicial decisions, and so on
    • Offers a new perspective on one of the most controversial topics in legal philosophy, the systematic nature of law
    • An introduction to formal aspects of normative discourse which requires no special preparation or skills in order to understand the main arguments
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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521767392
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction to Deontic Logic:
    1. The language of logic and the possibility of deontic logic
    2. Paradoxes and shortcomings of deontic logic
    3. Norm-propositions, conditional norms, and defeasibility
    Part II. Logic and Legal Systems:
    4. Legal systems and legal validity
    5. Legal indeterminacy: normative gaps and conflicts of norms
    6. Legal dynamics.

  • Authors

    Pablo E. Navarro, Blas Pascal University, Argentina
    Pablo E. Navarro is a Professor of Philosophy of Law at the National University of the South and Blas Pascal University. He is also a researcher for the National Council for Research in Science and Technology (CONICET) in Argentina. Navarro has published several books and has written papers on legal theory and deontic logic for journals such as Law and Philosophy, Ratio Juris, Rechtstheorie, and Theoria. He was a visiting professor in many European and Latin American universities. He obtained a Guggenheim Fellowship (2001–2) and was recognized by the Konex Foundation (2006) in the discipline of legal philosophy and was awarded the Bernardo Houssay Prize (2003).

    Jorge L. Rodríguez, National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Jorge L. Rodríguez is a Professor of Legal Theory at the National University of Mar del Plata School of Law and a visiting professor in the department of law at the University of Girona. He has published several books and articles in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom on legal theory and deontic logic. Rodríguez was awarded the Young Scholar Prize by the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (1999) and was recognized by the Konex Foundation in the discipline of the philosophy of law and legal theory (2006). He has served as a criminal judge in Mar del Plata since 2009.

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