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Law - Philosophy of Law
(5,983 words)

Part of Law:

1. Biblical

2. Theology and Moral Theology

3. Rule of Law

4. Philosophy of Law

A. Concept and Technical Definitions

1. The “philosophy of law” is one of the main pillars of philosophy (Anaximander, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Democritus, and the tragedians), not a mere off-shoot, though the term has been in use only since the 18th century. But every new start in philosophy is preceded or followed by reflection on the nature of law.…

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René Marcic, “Law - Philosophy of Law”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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