Keywords: Concept of law; philosophy of language; linguistic turn; Transzendentalpragmatik; democratic State.
In the first part I try to elucidate and justify in my own way the consistency of a
linguistic-pragmatic and transcendental perspective, as first introduced by Karl-Otto
Apel. I sum up this philosophical approach (largely developed in a constant critical
debate with Jürgen Habermas) under the short title Transzendentalpragmatik. In the
second part I intend not simply to apply the approach developed in the first part, but
to use it as a critical-regulative idea in order to offer a less abstractive and more geohistorically adequate concept of law, which does not identify (valid) law with a necessarily
unitary and distinct system of prescriptive norms, made possible by the modern
national/constitutional State. I term such a concept of law a jurisdictional one.