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Law: law is an expression of the totality of social standards as binding norms in contrast to less binding rules and conventions. The law includes obligations as well as authorizations. In order to ensure equal treatment of the members of a society, the law is laid down in laws. See also laws, norms, values, society.

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Jürgen Habermas on Law - Dictionary of Arguments

IV 261
Law/Moral/Habermas: Thesis: higher levels of integration cannot be established in social evolution until legal institutions have emerged in which a moral consciousness of the conventional or postconventional level (see Moral/Kohlberg) is embodied. (1)
IV 458
Law/Modernism/Habermas: Modern coercive law is decoupled from moral motives. The law no longer starts with existing communication structures, but generates traffic forms and chains of instructions corresponding to the communication media. The traditional settled in contexts (...) are deported into system environments. The boundaries between the system and the lifeworld are blurred, roughly speaking, between the subsystems of the economy and the bureaucratic state administration on the one hand, and the private spheres of life and the public on the other.
IV 536
Law/Justification/Habermas: modern law is a combination of principles of statute and justification. The right used as a control medium is relieved of the problems of justification. This corresponds to the decoupling of system and environment. The legal institutions belong
IV 537
to the social component of the lifeworld.
As long as law functions as a complex medium linked to money and power, it extends to formally organised areas of action which as such have been constituted directly in the forms of bourgeois formal law, whereas legal institutions (see Ultimate Justification/Habermas) have no constituent power, but only a regulatory function. They are embedded in a broader political, cultural and social context. They give the informally constituted areas of action a binding form that is subject to state sanctions. (See Juridification/Habermas).

1.J.Habermas, Zur Rekonstruktion des Historischen Materialismus, Frankfurt 1976.

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Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981

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