Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Hans Kelsen's Pure Theory of Law
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hans Kelsen's Pure Theory of Law: Legality and Legitimacy

Lars Vinx


Hans Kelsen is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern legal philosophy. But despite Kelsen's prominence as a legal theorist, his political theory has been mostly overlooked. This book argues that Kelsen's Pure Theory of Law needs to be read in the context of Kelsen's political theory. It offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the Pure Theory that makes systematic use of Kelsen's conception of the rule of law, his theory of democracy, his defense of constitutional review, and his views on international law. Once it is read in the context of Kelsen's political works, Ke ... More

Keywords: Hans Kelsen, pure theory of law, legality, political legitimacy, natural law, legal positivism, democracy, judicial review, international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lars Vinx, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey