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Year 11/2020 
Volume 12 
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Law in the Snares of the Political. Addressing Rafał Mańko’s Critical Philosophy of Adjudication

Maciej Pichlak
University of Wroclaw

11/2020 12 (3) Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem

DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.398

Abstract

The paper aims at reconstruction and critical discussion with the main tenets of political theory of adjudication, as presented by Rafał Mańko in his book, W stronę krytycznej filozofii orzekania. Polityczność, etyka, legitymizacja [Towards a Critical Philosophy of Adjudication. The Political, Ethics, Legitimacy]. In the paper, I demonstrate: that the interpretation of the concept crucial for the entire theory – which is the concept of political – has been chosen by Mańko in an ideological and a priori manner; that the choice above effectively prevents the realisation of the main objective of the book, which is to legitimise adjudication; that the adoption of the ethics of adjudication advocated in the book is – in the light of the basic assumptions of that very publication – both improbable and hardly acceptable. Finally, I claim that Mańko’s theory, due to its totality, can distinguish neither between legitimate law and violence, nor between justified and unjustified adjudication. As a result, it loses its critical force. All these problems are not peculiar to Mańko’s theory, but they are general weaknesses of various versions of critical jurisprudence.

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Law in the Snares of the Political. Addressing Rafał Mańko’s Critical Philosophy of Adjudication. (2020). Law in the Snares of the Political. Addressing Rafał Mańko’s Critical Philosophy of Adjudication. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, 12(3), 109-125. https://doi.org/10.7206/kp.2080-1084.398 (Original work published 11/2020AD)

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“Law In The Snares Of The Political. Addressing Rafał Mańko’S Critical Philosophy Of Adjudication”. 11/2020AD. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, vol. 12, no. 3, 2020, pp. 109-125.

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“Law In The Snares Of The Political. Addressing Rafał Mańko’S Critical Philosophy Of Adjudication”. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem, 12, no. 3 (2020): 109-125. doi:10.7206/kp.2080-1084.398.