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Manual of Legal Philosophy


What is right Why is there right? And how does it work? The manual gives an overview of the different legal terms, areas and theories. It illuminates the history of legal philosophy, the justifications and legitimacy of law, and the interpretation of law. In addition, it takes a look at more recent theories of law such as the systems theory of law, feminist legal theories or critical legal studies and shows the current challenges (globalization, death penalty, civil disobedience).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Hilgendorf
  • Jan C. Joerden
  1. 1. Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg-Würzburg
  2. 2. European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Frankfurt

About the editors

Eric Hilgendorf is Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Legal Theory, Information Law and Legal Informatics at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg. Jan C. Joerden is professor of criminal law, in particular international criminal law and comparative criminal law, as well as legal philosophy at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).

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