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Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss on Legal Positivism

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Schmitt Carl   Strauss Leo   critique   legal positivism


The article reviews a monograph autored by Łukasz Święcicki. The book is devoted to the critiques of legal positivism which were put forward by two German conservative thinkers, i.e. a lawyer Carl Schmitt and a philosopher Leo Strauss. The said critique is presented on the backround of the accomplishments of Polish scholarly analyses of Germany, with particular attention being paid to the research on German political and legal thought. The author of the article — referencing the contents of Święcicki’s work — discusses the main premises and assumptions of the relevant criticism. While evaluating legal positivism, both Schmitt and Strauss reached similar conclusions even though their personal philosophical positions were vastly different. They both considered the paradigm of legal positivism as an example of modernity in reflection upon law which naturally clashed with the conservative understanding of legal questions.

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego


Maciejewski, Marek. Red.   Scheffler, Tomasz. Red.

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ISSN 0239-6661   ISSN 2300-7249




PAd P 101182 II


pol   eng

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pol   eng


Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661, No 3777, Studia nad Autorytaryzmem i Totalitaryzmem. 2016, 38, nr 3, s. 117-131

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