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Now that we have described John Austin’s command theory of law, or Legal Positivism 1.0 (see here), let us turn our attention to Legal Positivism 2.0–Hans Kelsen’s self-described “scientific” or “pure theory” of law. (Here is a short bio of … Continue reading
Check out the 3D-printed T-Rex shower head pictured below, which is available for download for free from MakerBot’s Thingiverse. Hat tip: @pickover.
I am interrupting my series of blog posts on “legal positivism” to share my most recent work-in-progress, which is titled “Teaching Tiger King“–a rough draft of which is also available here via the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). I have … Continue reading
What is “law”? And how can we distinguish law from morality? I identified three competing theories of legal positivism in a previous post. Here, I want to focus on the first of these theories, John Austin’s famous “command theory of … Continue reading
One of my favorite blogs (View from the Back by Sheree) has a “Wordless Wednesday” category for photographs that need no further comment or elaboration. Sheree invited me to follow suit, but what if the object being photographed itself has … Continue reading
In their entry for “legal positivism” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), Leslie Green and Thomas Adams define this theory of law as “the thesis that the existence and content of law depends [sic] on social facts and not … Continue reading
Before I begin blogging about legal positivism, I want to go on the record and send the following succinct message to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners: it’s time to pull your heads out of the sand and cancel the … Continue reading
My friend and colleague Josh Blackman writes, “Would a constitutional challenge to a mask-mandate be viable? Under Jacobson v. Massachusetts the answer is no. Is Jacobson consistent with a century of Due Process Clause jurisprudence? No. Several judges have already begun to … Continue reading