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Jhering's Heaven of Concepts and Modern Analytical Jurisprudence

H. L. A. Hart

in Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy

Published in print November 1983 | ISBN: 9780198253884
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198253884.003.0013
Jhering's Heaven of Concepts and Modern Analytical Jurisprudence

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This chapter begins by expressing the regret that so few of Jhering's great works are translated into English. It is an intellectual tragedy; there is no English translation even of the masterly Geist des Römischen Rechts nor of Scherz und Ernst in der Jurisprudenz, nor even of the essay Im Juristischen Begriffshimmel which is discussed here, though some fragments of the latter appeared in 1951 in an English translation in an American collection of readings in jurisprudence and legal philosophy. In addition, this chapter provides in summary form the main intellectual failings against which Jhering's satire is directed. Moreover, the chapter explains the sensation of déjà vu, even if not déjà lu, in Jhering. It then turns to what is called by American and English lawyers ‘analytical jurisprudence’.

Keywords: Jhering; modern analytical jurisprudence; Im Juristischen Begriffshimmel; legal philosophy

Chapter.  5075 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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