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Recht als Kulturgut: Warum der Streit zwischen Rechtspositivismus und Naturrecht unfruchtbar ist

Joachim Lege
ARSP: Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie / Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy
Vol. 93, No. 1 (2007), pp. 21-38
Published by: Franz Steiner Verlag
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23680814
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

The old controversy between Legal Positivism and Natural Justice turns out to be fruitless, if we comprehend law as a phenomenon of culture. Then, law is neither mere will nor mere reason. Law, as we understand it in the occidental tradition, is rather a contingent system of rules which guides decisions (politics, on the other hand, are guided by aims). Culture, as it is conceived since the age of Enlightenment, can be described as „what results from autonomy“. Law being a valuable phenomenon of culture (Kulturgut), two questions arise. (1) Is there any need for law? It depends on the society's demand for liberty. (2) What does the law need? Law requires autonomy, i. e. the right to enjoy its own culture.

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