From the point of view of eternity or that of the moment? Cover Image

Az örökkévalóság vagy a pillanat nézőpontjából?
From the point of view of eternity or that of the moment?

Felix Somló on the state

Author(s): Péter Takács
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, History of Law, Philosophy of Law
Published by: Scientia Kiadó
Keywords: Felix Somló; theory of state; political science; legal theory; state intervention; history of political philosophy

Summary/Abstract: This paper examines the luminous Hungarian legal philosopher, Felix Somló’s theories on the state. It claims that Somló had three theories of state. The first could be reconstructed from the sociological allusions and hints of his first book, titled State intervention and individualism (1903), the second was his theory of state based on legal concepst in a neokantian fashion, explicated in his Juristische Grundlehre (Basic Legal Concepts and Ideas, 1917), and the third is an unfinished theory of a Notes for a Philosophy of State (1919/20). The core idea of the first theory is regulation (which was considered by Somló as interference), the central concept of the second is a so called Rechtsmacht (legal might; which was coined by Somló), whereas the third revolves around the so called eternal truth of history of ideas.

  • Issue Year: 5/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 271-293
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Hungarian