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Legal Positivism

Positivism was a reaction against natural law theory

According to positivism, law is a matter of what has been posited (ordered or decided) It confines study of law "as it actually exists i.e., positus" irrespective of its past or future

Positivism is the view that law is a social construction.

The most important aspect of law is its relation to the state,

They treat law as the command emanating from the sovereign i.e., state

Positivism seeks to define law not on content but on criterion

Two types - Analytical positivism and Pragmatic positivism

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