Law's Ideal Dimension

ISBN : 9780198796831

Robert Alexy
368 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2021
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Law's Ideal Dimension provides a comprehensive account in English of renowned legal theorist Robert Alexy's understanding of jurisprudence, as expanded upon from his publications A Theory of Legal Argumentation (OUP 1989), A Theory of Constitutional Rights (OUP 1985), and The Argument from Injustice (OUP 1992). The collection is divided into three parts. Part One concerns the nature of law: it explores its real and ideal dimensions and how the ideal dimension of law is sometimes employed but does not play a systematically important role. Part Two discusses constitutional rights, human rights, and proportionality. It defends the construction of constitutional rights as principles against objections raised by the rule construction and elaborates on the nature of constitutional rights as well as the mathematical balancing of those rights. Part Three concerns the relation between argumentation, correctness, and law. The author concludes this volume with a biographical reflection.


Part I: The Nature of Law
1 The Nature of Legal Philosophy
2 On the Concept and the Nature of Law
3 The Dual Nature of Law
4 Law, Morality, and the Existence of Human Rights
5 An Answer to Joseph Raz
6 The Ideal Dimension of Law
7 Gustav Radbruch's Concept of Law
Part II: Constitutional Rights, Human Rights, and Proportionality
8 The Construction of Constitutional Rights
9 Balancing, Constitutional Review, and Representation
10 The Existence of Human Rights
11 The Weight Formula
12 Formal Principles: Some Replies to Critics
13 Ideal 'Ought' and Optimization
14 Human Dignity and Proportionality
15 Proportionality and Rationality
16 The Absolute and the Relative Dimension of Constitutional Rights
Part III: Argumentation, Correctness, and Law
17 A Discourse-Theoretical Conception of Practical Reason
18 Problems of Discourse Theory
19 Legal Argumentation as Rational Discourse
20 Jurgen Habermas's Theory of the Indeterminacy of Law and the Rationality of Adjudication
21 Law and Correctness

About the author: 

Robert Alexy, Professor of Public Law and Legal Philosophy at Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany. Robert Alexy has been Professor of Public Law and Legal Philosophy at Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, since 1986. He was President of the German Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) from 1994 to 1998. Alexy's other titles published by OUP include A Theory of Legal Argumentation, The Argument from Injustice, and A Theory of Constitutional Rights.

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