According to positivism law is a matter of what has been posited there are many versions or interpretations of legal positivism but perhaps the most popular version or interpretation would be that of the separation thesis according to hart a contemporary legal positivist separation thesis is the essence of legal positivism. Rather the main focus of legal positivism is the way how laws are created codified amended and even re created citation intnd l 1033 internet encyclopedia of philosophy nd in most cases the contents of natural legal theory contradicts with the very nature of legal positivism. Legal positivism is based on the ways in which laws have been created and does not demand justification for the content of law or a decision for or against the obedience to law as such emphasis is mostly on the way laws have emerged over time through practicing deciding or tolerating certain ways of creating a law. Despite persistent criticism from a variety of different perspectives including natural law legal realism and socio legal studies legal positivism remains as an enduring theory of law the essays contained in this volume represent the most balanced responses toward legal positivism and although largely sympathetic the essays do not fail to . This collection of original essays from distinguished legal philosophers offers a challenging assessment of the nature and viability of legal positivism an approach to legal theory that continues to dominate contemporary legal theoretical debates to what extent is the law adequately described as autonomous should legal theorists maintain a conceptual separation of law and morality
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