What is pure legal theory

Pure Theory of Law

Hans Kelsen

With an appendix: The problem of justice (study edition of the 2nd edition 1960)
Taking into account Kelsen's changes on the occasion of the translation into Italian in 1966, ed. u. a. v. Matthias Jestaedt

The second edition of »Reine (n) Rechtslehre«, published in 1960, represents the climax and conclusion of the so-called »Classical Phase« in Hans Kelsen's work on legal theory. Herbert Hart's «Concept of Law» (1961) is the most powerful work of modern legal discourse .
After the first edition by Hans Kelsens published in 1934 Pure legal theory was published as a study edition in 2008, the study edition of the second edition from 1960 now follows in the same format. Between the 1934 and 1960 editions there is not only a quarter of a century and a world war, but also a fivefold increase in volume and a diverse maturation process of Kelsen's General Legal Doctrine. The second edition is at the same time the climax and conclusion of the so-called "classical phase" in Hans Kelsen's work on legal theory. In general, the second edition, which appeared in German and has been translated into more than a dozen other languages, is the most mature and final complete representation of the Pure jurisprudence be valid. Together with H.L.A. Harts Concept of Law (1961) it represents the most powerful work of modern legal theoretical discourse.

In contrast to the reprints published since 1992, this study edition also contains the appendix on the problem of justice, which is important for the (self) understanding of Pure Legal Doctrine. In the annotation apparatus, the corrections to the German text made by Kelsen on the occasion of the translation of the second edition into Italian in 1966 have been taken into account for the first time.
After the first edition by Hans Kelsens published in 1934 Pure legal theory was published as a study edition in 2008, the study edition of the second edition from 1960 now follows in the same format. Between the 1934 and 1960 editions there is not only a quarter of a century and a world war, but also a fivefold increase in volume and a diverse maturation process of Kelsen's General Legal Doctrine. The second edition is both the climax and the conclusion of the so-called »classical phase« in Hans Kelsen's legal theoretical work. In general, the second edition, which appeared in German and has been translated into more than a dozen other languages, is the most mature and final complete representation of the Pure jurisprudence be valid. Together with H.L.A. Harts Concept of Law (1961) it represents the most powerful work of modern legal theoretical discourse.

In contrast to the reprints published since 1992, the present study edition also contains the appendix on the problem of justice, which is important for the (self) understanding of Pure Legal Doctrine. In the annotation apparatus, the corrections to the German text made by Kelsen on the occasion of the translation of the second edition into Italian in 1966 have been taken into account for the first time.
Hans Kelsen (1881–1973) 1919–30 university professor in Vienna; 1919–1930 constitutional judge; 1930–33 professor in Cologne; 1933–40 professor in Geneva; 1936–38 professor in Prague; 1945–52 professor at Berkeley.

Matthias Jestaedt is Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

The following reviews are known:

In: Dialogo Filosofico - 2017, 506
In: Die Rezensenten - http://dierezensenten.blogspot.de/2018/03/rezension-reine-rechtslehre.html (Andreas Seidel)
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Hans Kelsen (1881–1973) 1919–30 university professor in Vienna; 1919–1930 constitutional judge; 1930–33 professor in Cologne; 1933–40 professor in Geneva; 1936–38 professor in Prague; 1945–52 professor at Berkeley.

Matthias Jestaedt is Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Dialogo Filosofico - 2017, 506
In: Die Rezensenten - http://dierezensenten.blogspot.de/2018/03/rezension-reine-rechtslehre.html (Andreas Seidel)
Hans Kelsen (1881–1973) 1919–30 university professor in Vienna; 1919–1930 constitutional judge; 1930–33 professor in Cologne; 1933–40 professor in Geneva; 1936–38 professor in Prague; 1945–52 professor at Berkeley.

Matthias Jestaedt is Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

The following reviews are known:

In: Dialogo Filosofico - 2017, 506
In: Die Rezensenten - http://dierezensenten.blogspot.de/2018/03/rezension-reine-rechtslehre.html (Andreas Seidel)