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a. 'Two issues fill the brain with ever new and extending admiration and awe, the oftener and the extra gradually we contemplate them: the starry heavens above and the ethical legislation inside. ' hence Kant formulates his angle to morality (Critique of sensible cause, p. 260). He attracts a pointy contrast among those gadgets of admiration. The starry sky, he writes, represents my courting to the common, empirical international. ethical legislation, nonetheless, is of a very varied order. It ' . . . starts from my invisible self, my character, and shows me in a global which has actual infinity, yet that is traceable basically by way of the knowledge and with which I determine that i'm now not in a in simple terms contingent yet in a common and important connection (. . . ). ' (p. 260). So Kant sees morality as a separate metaphysical order against the realm of empirical phenomena. people belong to either worlds. in line with Kant, the character derives not anything of worth from its courting with the empirical global. His half within the sensuous international of nature areas guy on a degree with any animal which prior to lengthy needs to supply again to the remainder of nature the elements of which it truly is made.

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The 'choice' of the fundamental norm is not arbitrary in Kelsen's theory, since his normative order has to correspond to the factually maintained legal system. In short, all monistic theories, Ross says, contain the following: 'If you want to know what the hen is, it is what comes out of an egg: But what is an egg? ' (TRJ p. 66). d. So Ross comes to the conclusion that a choice between the two poles of law is not possible. Even if one wants to restrict oneself to what is factual or what is normative, one always arrives at its opposite.

It is, says Ross, a mode of thought which imitates disciplined scientific cognition in its logical and systematic construction, but which is, in reality, a new mythology. Moreover, it has one thing in common with magical thinking: it induces peace of mind by generating a belief in the absolute. Ross accuses metaphysics of making statements on the nature of things which cannot be verified. Aristotle posits, for instance, that man's essential nature consists of his rational soul. His sensitive soul, on the other hand, is something he has in common with animals, and is therefore of a lower order.

Y lapse into the dualistic construction of a metaphysical world alongside the natural one. Because they cannot demonstrate the connection between the two worlds, they lack internal coherence. Within legal positivism, Ross distinguishes a metaphysical and an empiricist variant. Another Scandinavian Realist, Olivecrona, calls these variants 'Idealistic' and 'Naturalistic' legal positivism respectively. The first was especially popular in Germany. The legal positivism of the German Historic School distanced itself from the natural law doctrine, but nevertheless has a metaphysical character itself.

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