Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date


Publication Information

5 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 74 (1985)


This Article critiques Anthony Kronman’s book Max Weber, which provides an interpretation of Weber’s social theory of law concerning positivism and legal rational authority. In particular, the three premises of Kronman’s thesis regarding social theory are considered and their weaknesses are explained. Through this critique, the Author argues that no good reason has been presented to accept that Weber’s positivist theory is of value.


Reprinted with permission of Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.


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