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Continental Legal Theory in the 20th Century. Book review: Enrico Pattaro and Corrado Roversi (eds.), Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Civil Law World, Springer, 2016

Mario Krešić orcid id ; Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The theory of law as discipline appeared in the second half of the 19th century by separating from general philosophy and legal science. Historical reviews of the streams of thought, methodological approaches, influences of philosophical ideas, and discussion of controversial issues that have marked the development of this scientific discipline can contribute to its better understanding. Overview of trends that mark its contemporary development can contribute to the easier definition of the theoretical and practical problems of today's law. Both contributions have been successfully realized in the “Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Civil Law World”, edited by Enrico Pattaro and Corrado Roversi. This twelfth endeavour in researching the theory of law was published by Springer in 2016. The presentation of the continental theory of law of the 20th century is divided into two tomes. The first one describes its development in various states of the continental Europe and Latin America, including the overview of the Croatian theory of law. In the second book, natural law theory, legal positivism and legal realism are described in three separate parts with neoconstitutionalist theory elaborated in the context of the of natural law and positive law theories. Following the overview of these main traditions of approaching law, the fourth part is devoted to theories of legal reasoning and legal logic.


theory of law, legal philosophy, natural law theories, legal realism, legal positivism, legal reasoning

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