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Right, Autonomous
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[German Version]

I. The Term

Eigengesetzlichkeit (autonomous right) is a linguistic neologism formed in German at the beginning of the 20th century. The understanding of law/right in exact scientific thinking of the 19th century, particularly in natural science, is then taken up either polemically or affirmatively. In 1914, L. Ragaz attacked Lutheranism – which abandons the world to its own autonomy – from the position …

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Honecker, Martin, “Right, Autonomous”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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