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The Marxist Approach to Law

Hugh Collins

in Marxism and Law

Published in print October 1984 | ISBN: 9780192851444
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192851444.003.0001

Series: Marxist Introductions

The Marxist Approach to Law

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This chapter begins with a discussion of Marxism, which is a theory about the meaning of history. According to Marxism the meaning of history is that man's destiny lies in the creation of a Communist society where men will experience a higher stage of being amounting to the realization of true freedom. It then addresses the question of whether there is a Marxist theory of law. General theories of law are predicated on a belief in the nature of law which can be termed legal fetishism. Marxists reject such a belief and it follows that they are not inclined to develop a general theory of law as an end in itself. Nevertheless, much remains for Marxists to say about law.

Keywords: Marxism; jurisprudence; theory of law; legal institutions; Rule of Law; meaning of history

Chapter.  6278 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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