Epilogue: In the End there is Eternity

Ingo Venzke

in How Interpretation Makes International Law

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199657674
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753114 | DOI:
Epilogue: In the End there is Eternity

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This brief epilogue closes the book with an evocative story of Rudolf von Jhering who was convinced of the infallibility of abstract conceptual legal reasoning until he encountered a concrete problem in which he could not bring his legal and moral sense to match. After a metamorphosis of spirit, he pioneered legal sociological research in examining actors’ interpretations as struggles for the law. In such struggles, interpreters bear the responsibility for the choices they make in a normative pluriverse that lacks foundation. But the lack of foundation and continuous contestation also means that no single interpreter carries the whole weight of the world on her shoulders.

Keywords: Rudolf Von Jhering; the struggle for law; responsibility of interpreter

Chapter.  1911 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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