Theory of Legal Science and the History of Legal Scholarship

Research Field

The purpose of the research field is to develop theories of legal science using a multidisciplinary and comparative approach. The field includes exploring the history of science as it relates to legal scholarship, in particular private law scholarship since the nineteenth century. In doing so, research questions that have yet to be taken up via an interdisciplinary approach come into focus, namely the relation between the (since the nineteenth century) problematised rationality of legal scholarship against the background of the development of the natural scientific concepts of objectivity and rationality that emerged around the same time. Further research questions deal with the comparison of paradigms and methods of legal scholarship from both a contemporary and historical perspective. This thematic field offers points of connection to a multiplicity of legal methodological, sociological and historical questions that deal with the role of legal scholarship within the social system as well as to the research fields ‘Multidisciplinary Legal Theory’ and ‘Modern Private Law and the History of Modern Private Law’.


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