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Chapter 2 - The Normativity of Law

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 February 2020

Sofie Møller
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Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
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This chapter places Kant’s conception of a priori laws within the framework of the legal metaphors. It introduces the relevant aspects of natural right theory and the notion of laws in the natural sciences as historical background to the legal metaphors. The main argument is that Kant’s notion of laws is embedded in his legal metaphors and his account of natural regularities as lawful also originates in the natural right framework. This serves as background to Kant’s account of the understanding as prescribing laws to nature and to thought. The background of Kant’s notion of laws in natural right and natural science shows how reason’s a priori laws are both descriptive of regularities in nature and prescriptive of valid judgements.

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Kant's Tribunal of Reason
Legal Metaphor and Normativity in the <I>Critique of Pure Reason</I>
, pp. 32 - 51
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Normativity of Law
  • Sofie Møller, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
  • Book: Kant's Tribunal of Reason
  • Online publication: 24 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108682480.003
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  • The Normativity of Law
  • Sofie Møller, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
  • Book: Kant's Tribunal of Reason
  • Online publication: 24 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108682480.003
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  • The Normativity of Law
  • Sofie Møller, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
  • Book: Kant's Tribunal of Reason
  • Online publication: 24 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108682480.003
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