David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
This paper explores the relationship between Eugen Ehrlich's work and other fin de siecle thinkers in order to gain a better understanding of the intellectual and cultural context from which Ehrlich's thought emerged. The starting point of the paper is Venus in Furs, a novella published by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch in 1870. Masoch's use of law in Venus in Furs was briefly analyzed by Gilles Deleuze, but Deleuze's analysis ignored the relationship of Masoch's work to general trends in late 19th century legal thought, trends that ultimately also produced Ehrlich's sociology of law. The paper argues that one can read both Venus in Furs and Ehrlich's major work, Fundamental Principles of the Sociology of Law, as expressions of a general 'crisis of reason', evident in many areas of fin de siecle European culture, and specifically as part of the crisis of liberal legal thought. The paper examines several themes present in both Masoch's and Ehrlich's work, such as the critique of the concept of free will and state sovereignty, the contrast between state sanctions and private honor, the use of the exotic as a source of knowledge and the problems associated with the textual representation of reality. It concludes by pointing to similar themes found in other literary and artistic products of fin de siecle culture.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
H. M. Gwatkin (1892). Boissier's La Fin du Paganisme La Fin du Paganisme. Étude sur les dernières luttes religieuses en Occident au quatrième siècle, par Gaston Boissier. Paris: Hachette et Cie. 2 vols. 15 frcs. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 6 (04):172-173.
E. Jordan (1933). Book Review:L'Idee Du Droit Social. Notion Et Systeme du Droit Social. Histoire Doctrinale Depuis le XVII Siecle Jusqu'a la Fin du XIX Siecle. Georges Gurvitch. [REVIEW] Ethics 43 (4):450-.
Stephen Darwall, Allan Gibbard & Peter Railton (1992). Toward Fin de Siècle Ethics: Some Trends. Philosophical Review 101 (1):115-189.
John H. Zammito (2010). The Migration of the 'Culture' Concept From Anthropology to Sociology at the Fin de Siècle. In Olaf Zenker & Karsten Kumoll (eds.), Beyond Writing Culture: Current Intersections of Epistemologies and Representational Practices. Berghahn Books.
Victor Delbos (1925). Les Facteurs Kantiens de la Philosophie Allemande: De la Fin du XVIII E Siècle Et du Commencement du XIX E Siècle. Revue de Métaphysique Et de Morale 32 (3):271 - 281.
Franz Luttenberger (1992). Arrhenius Vs. Ehrlich on Immunochemistry: Decisions About Scientific Progress in the Context of the Nobel Prize. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 13 (2).
Leela Gandhi (2001). Other(s) Worlds: Mysticism and Radicalism at the Fin de Siècle. Critical Horizons 2 (2):227-253.
Charles Bernheimer (2002). Decadent Subjects: The Idea of Decadence in Art, Literature, Philosophy, and Culture of the Fin De Siècle in Europe. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Gilles deleuze & Translated By Christian kerslake (2004). From Sacher-Masoch to Masochism. Angelaki 9 (1):125 – 133.
Eugen Ehrlich (1936). Fundamental Principles of the Sociology of Law. Cambridge, Mass.,Harvard University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads5 ( #219,641 of 1,096,677 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #105,642 of 1,096,677 )
How can I increase my downloads?