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Jhering, Rudolf von (1818–92)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-T038-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Jhering saw law as a mechanism for achieving current purposes, supplying the compulsion needed where other levers were insufficient to secure the conditions of social life. In this, he took issue with those other nineteenth-century German jurists who regarded law as a settled hierarchy of rules and concepts. He had considerable influence on the development of jurisprudential thought both in Germany and in the USA.

Citing this article:
Attwooll, Elspeth. Jhering, Rudolf von (1818–92), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-T038-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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