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What is legal philosophy?

Legal philosophy means arguing about the nature of law. It basically embarks on three core questions:

  1. What are the core elements of law and what is the relation between them?

  2. What is the connection between legal norms and the social, factual reality of law?

  3. How does law relate to morals?

Legal philosophy addresses these questions in a reflexive, general, and systematic way. Legal philosophy is reflexive because it asks about the conditions for and the limits to the rational cognition of law. It is general because it attends to fundamental questions of general significance rather than to specific legal problems. It is systematic because it follows a holistic ideal of knowledge and aspires to a synthesis of singular insights into law.

Since Graz Jurisprudence is committed to this integrative ideal of completeness, we closely cooperate with the departments of practical and political philosophy as well as with the institutes of sociology, economy, and political sciences. Furthermore, we are delighted about the growing number of international visiting researchers who enrich the lively discourse in our team.

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