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By Patricia Mindus

This entire presentation of Axel Hägerström (1868-1939) fills a void in approximately a century of literature, supplying either the criminal and political pupil and the non-expert reader with a formal advent to the daddy of Scandinavian realism. according to his whole paintings, together with unpublished fabric and private correspondence chosen solely from the Uppsala information, A actual Mind follows the chronological evolution of Hägerström’s highbrow firm and gives an entire account of his idea. The booklet summarizes Hägerström’s major arguments whereas allowing additional severe overview, and attempts to reply to such questions as: If norms are neither real nor fake, how can they be thoroughly understood at the foundation of Hägerström’s thought of information? Did the founding father of the Uppsala university uphold emotivism in ethical philosophy? What effects does the sort of viewpoint have in useful philosophy? Is he relatively the foundation in the back of Scandinavian kingdom absolutism?

A actual Mind locations the advanced net of matters addressed by way of Hägerström in the broader context of 20th century philosophy, stretching from epistemology to ethics. His philosophy of legislations is tested within the center chapters of the publication, with emphasis at the will-theory and the relation among legislation and tool. The narrative is peppered with vignettes from Hägerström’s lifestyles, giving an insightful and hugely readable portrayal of a philosopher who positioned his imprint on felony concept. The appendix offers a specific bibliography and a quick synopsis of the key occasions in his lifestyles, either deepest and intellectual.

"The paintings deals a very good reconstruction of Hägerström’s paintings and lifestyles, and provides his own and highbrow evolution balancing completely the chronological and the systematic dimensions."
Liborio L. Hierro, Professor of Jurisprudence, college of legislation, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

"The booklet is excellently-sourced, continuously well-argued, and makes a case for a revival of curiosity in Hägerström. i feel this to be vital. Hägerström is correct, insightful and interesting."
Michael Freeman, LLM, Barrister, Professor of English legislations, school of legislation, collage collage London, United Kingdom

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J. , p. J. , p. 17. J. Boström, Satser om lag och lagstiftning med tillägg och anmärkningar, Schultz, Uppsala 1871, p. 59. 3 The Long Shadow of Boström 19 the abolition of the Estates and the introduction of parliamentary rule in 1866. It must be kept in mind that the harsh criticism Hägerström developed against voluntaristic conceptions of law is grounded in the historical and political background of Boström’s doctrine. 84 However, a more nuanced picture is offered by Ernst Logren in his monumental study on Hägerström from 1944: «We encounter thoughts that Hägerström has partly picked up and reshaped and partly rejected.

110 While «the 108 E. , p. 37: «sarebbe quindi innanzitutto interessante poter ricostruire [quest]i momenti (. ); ma il materiale per una tale ricerca (. » 109 R. Sandin, Axel Hägerström’s Philosophy of Religion, with Special Reference to his Theory of Knowledge and his Concept of Reality, Ann Arbor University Microfilm, Michigan 1959, p. 12. 110 For some extreme interpretations of this kind, see I. Hedenius, Om rätt och moral, Walhström & Widstrand, Stockholm 1963, p. 10; A. Wedberg, Axel Hägerström.

18. 127 See the opinion of Anathon Aall in Filosofien i Norden, Videnskapsselskapetsskrifter, Kristiania 1919. 128 E. Liljeqvist also wrote a Selbstdarstellung, Bd. VI, Meiner, Leipzig 1927. 129 S. , pp. 168–173. 134 Hägerström sent a private letter to Phalén’s successor to the chair in theoretical philosophy, Anders Karitz, which seems to corroborate this hypothesis. In this letter – dated November 3rd , 1927 – he confessed «On one hand, when I wrote Das Prinzip der Wissenschaft my purpose was to demonstrate that Consciousness cannot be the logical prius when it comes to knowledge (.

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