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Legal positivism and faith in law

Brooks, Thom

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Gardner’s Law as a Leap of Faith is a work that challenges many of our most widely held beliefs about law with a special focus on legal positivism. This collection of papers is the product of one of our finest legal philosophers today with significant contributions to our understanding of the nature of law and key debates about it by earlier leading figures. While there is no space to address every discussion of wider interest, it is hoped this Review has made clear its central arguments and their impact for jurisprudence. In my judgement, this is one of the most important works of jurisprudence in many years.


Brooks, T. (2014). Legal positivism and faith in law. Modern Law Review, 77(1), 139-147.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 2, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Oct 23, 2013
Publicly Available Date Dec 20, 2013
Journal Modern Law Review
Print ISSN 0026-7961
Electronic ISSN 1468-2230
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 77
Issue 1
Pages 139-147
Keywords Legal positivism, Hart, Fuller, Dworkin, Kelsen, Natural law, Morality, Normativity, Faith


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