Philosophy beyond Historicism: Reflections on Hans Kelsen and the Jewish Experience

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While Kelsen never denied his Jewish origins, Lieblich provides indisputable evidence that he rejected both anti-Semitic and Zionist attempts to label his thought “Jewish.” More importantly, Lieblich moves beyond biography to show that the monism of Kelsen’s Pure Theory is an attempt to assimilate the individual into the international community. Lieblich’s analysis illuminates a tension, if not a paradox, that is at the heart of Kelsen’s legal theory, and his conception of international law especially, which is the undeniable appeal to progress embedded within the purported ideological purity of the Pure Theory of Law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Law of Strangers
Subtitle of host publicationJewish Lawyers and International Law in the Twentieth Century
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781316492826
ISBN (Print)9781107140417
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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