Shin-Tung Chuang on The Concept of Law and the Sources of Legal Normativity: Hart’s Acceptance Argument Reconsidered(莊世同論法律的概念與法律規範性的來源)

中研院法學期刊第13期已經出刊,本期刊載了莊世同教授的文章:法律的概念與法律規範性的來源,探討哈特對於法律規範性的論證。莊老師是臺灣研究英美法理學的佼佼者,對於哈特與德沃金的爭論以及相關議題有深入且長期的關注,對於法理學有興趣的人,千萬不要錯過。推薦閱讀!!我將摘要轉載如下:

「本文以哈特的接受論證為研究主題,考察哈特如何透過此一論證,建構其法實證主義的法律規範性觀點,並檢討該論證可能面臨的困境及挑戰。「前言」部分概述哈特法理論的主要論點;第貳部分對接受論證進行審視與分析,探討哈特如何藉由接受論證一方面說明法律的規範性面向,另一方面依然可以堅持法律的規範性不必然帶有道德的意涵;第參部分深入檢視捍衛和批判接受論證的重要論述,包含支持接受論證無須基於道德理由的「任何理由命題」,以及批評接受論證無法回避道德論證的「道德正當性命題」;第肆部分擇回頭檢討「法律的概念」中較少為人討論之處,那便是哈特對於道德概念的分析與闡述,並從中反省非道德論證幾個令人感到困惑的問題;最後是結論。」

Prof. Chuang’s article, The Concept of Law and the Sources of Legal Normativity, has been published and  is available online. (Here!!) Here is the English abstract:

“This essay aims to examine H.L.A. Hart’s acceptance argument which maintains a positivist account of legal normativity and the main challenges it encounters in the literature of jurisprudence. Part I briefly articulates the main thesis of Hart’s legal theory. Part II surveys how Hart argues that the acceptance argument can explain the normative aspect of law without appealing to its moral justification. Part III further reviews the arguments for and against Hart’s acceptance argument, including the defense of any reason thesis and the critique of moral legitimacy thesis. Part IV then explores some issues rarely discussed in Hart’s non-moral acceptance argument, namely, his explication of the concept of morality. Finally, Part V concludes the main theme of this essay.”

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