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Review of Robert Schuett, Hans Kelsen’s Political Realism (Edinburgh University Press, 2021)
“Make no mistake, Hans Kelsen is my favourite political philosopher…In the theory and practice of international politics, I am a Kelsenian.” So announces Robert Schuett proudly at the opening of his new book on the famed but much misunderstood Austrian-American jurist. Kelsen, who lived through the twentieth century’s major upheavals in a continent-spanning career that took him from Vienna to California, is one of the best-known positivists in the history of legal thought. Architect of the Pure Theory of Law and the 1920 Austrian Constitution, it was seemingly his life’s quest to place the study of law on a scientific basis, examiningRead More »