Natural law regards good law as the law that reflects the natural moral order through reason and experience. The conflict between legal positivism and natural law is often treated as the most fundamental theme of legal philosophy, dividing the field into two hostile and irreconcilable camps. Positivists characterize the teachings of natural law as beliefs based on metaphysical or religious ideas that are incompatible with the principles of scientific thought. Proponents of natural law theory accuse their opponents of failing to understand the realm of mind and value, an area that is quite real although it cannot be discovered or described by sensory experience. To some extent, the discussion was confusing due to a lack of clarity about the meaning of „legal positivism,“ a term that is rarely, if ever, precisely defined. The most acute aspect of the controversy – namely the criticism of the attitude reflected in the German slogan „Gesetz ist Getz“ as an attitude without morality and partly responsible for the Hitler regime – has nothing to do with properly understood legal positivism. Rather, it is a controversy between two divergent schools of natural law. This chapter takes the same line of investigation and conducts it in a way that is possible in an oral presentation. It focuses on the meaning and function of the concept of validity in legal theory.

Legal positivism is analytical jurisprudence developed by legal thinkers such as Jeremy Bentham and John Austin. The theoretical basis of this concept goes back to empiricism and logical positivism. This is historically considered the opposite theory of natural law. Natural laws derive their validity from moral order and reason and are based on what is believed to best serve the interests of the common good. It is also important to note that the moral standards that govern human behavior are to some extent derived from the inherent nature of humans and the nature of the world. From the perspective of natural law, good law is a right that reflects the natural moral order through reason and experience. It is also important to understand that the word moral is not used here in a religious sense, but refers to the process of determining what is good and what is right, based on reasoning and experience. Legal positivism holds that the source of a law should be the establishment of that law by a socially recognized judicial body. He also believes that there is no link between law and morality, since moral judgments cannot be defended or supported by rational arguments or evidence.

Legal scholars consider good law to be the law promulgated by good legal authorities who follow the rules, procedures, and constraints of the legal system. Legal positivism views good law as the law promulgated by good legal authorities who follow the rules, procedures, and constraints of the legal system. The history of the philosophy of natural law dates back to ancient Greece. Philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Thomas Aquinas, Gentili, Suárez, etc. used this concept of natural law in their philosophies. „Validity and conflict between legal positivism and natural law“ A personal account can be used to receive email notifications, save searches, purchase content, and activate subscriptions. Oxford Academic is home to a variety of products. The institutional subscription may not cover the content you are trying to access. If you think you should have access to this content, please contact your librarian. For librarians and administrators, your personal account also provides access to institutional account management. Find options to view and activate subscriptions, manage institutional settings and access options, access usage statistics, and more.

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