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Normativity and NormsCritical Perspectives on Kelsenian Themes$
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Stanley L. Paulson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198763154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198763154.001.0001

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Voluntary Obligations and Normative Powers *

Voluntary Obligations and Normative Powers *

(p.450) (p.451) 24 Voluntary Obligations and Normative Powers*
Normativity and Norms

Joseph Raz

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This chapter argues that a satisfactory analysis of voluntary obligations must be conducted in terms of normative powers. To substantiate this claim, it examines in some detail the concepts of a normative power and of a power-conferring norm (or P-norm). It begins with an analysis of legal powers and then proceeds to examine the applicability of the concept outside the law.

Keywords:   voluntary obligations, normative powers, norms, legal powers

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