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Jurisprudence of concepts
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The “jurisprudence of concepts” is the English translation of the German term Begriffsjurisprudenz, coined by the German legal scholar Rudolf von Jhering. Jhering used the term polemically to describe a mathematical and conceptual school of jurisprudence far removed from everyday life [1]. It is used today to characterize segments of German jurisprudence of the 19th century. Even today, there is no generally accepted definition of the jurisprudence of concepts [6]. The conventional image of it includes the idea of positive law as a comprehensive code that may be…

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Haferkamp, Hans-Peter, “Jurisprudence of concepts”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017445>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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