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n Journal for Juridical Science - Positivists' separability thesis reconsidered : perspective from African legal theory

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Abstract

One major element of the push and pull of contemporary jurisprudence is the controversy between positivism and naturalism on how best to conceptualise and, thus, problematise the exact relation between law and morality. Termed the Separability-Inseparability debate, this article attempts a re-examination of positivists' Separability thesis from the perspective of African legal theory. The paper discovers that contemporary positivism is divided between the exclusivists and inclusivists over the precise relation between law and morality. The paper argues that the Separability thesis is incompatible with African philosophy of law going by the fact that jurisprudence in most of the African society has the flavour of a reconciliatory, humanistic and communalistic orientation which makes it expedient, in such societies, to define the relationship between law and morality as a complementary one rather than separable.


'n Belangrike aspek van die werkinge van kontemporêre regsgeleerdheid is die twispunt tussen positivisme en naturalisme oor hoe om die verhouding tussen die reg en moraliteit ten beste te verstaan en krities te betrag. Getiteld die Skeidbaarheid-Onskeidbaarheidsdebate, probeer die artikel om die positiviste se Skeidbaarheidstesis vanaf 'n Afrika regsteorie perspektief te herondersoek. Die werkstuk ontdek dat kontemporêre positivisme verdeeld is tussen die eksklusiviste en die inklusiviste oor die presiese verhouding tussen die reg en moraliteit. Die werkstuk voer aan dat die Skeidbaarheidstesis teenstydig is met Afrika regsfilosofie gebaseer op die feit dat jusrisprudensie in meeste van die Afrika gemeenskap 'n versoenings-, humanistiese en kommunalistiese oriëntasie het. In sulke gemeenskappe maak hierdie feit dit wenslik om die verhouding tussen die reg en moraliteit as aanvullend eerder as skeibaar, te definieer.

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2008-12-01
2016-12-06
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