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Csaba VARGA: The Place of Law in Lukács’ World Concept (1985/2012)

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The Place of Law in Lukács’ World Concept [1985] 3rd [reprint] ed. with Postface (Budapest: Szent István Társulat 2012) 218

Introduction: Lukács and the Problems of Law

Part One   Preliminary Skirmishes with the Questions of Law

Chapter 1   Encounters of the Young Lukács with Law   1.1 Legal Studies, 1.2 Friendship with Felix Somló, 1.3 Relationship with Gustav Radbruch

Chapter 2   Glorification of Consciousness in History and Class Consciousness   2.1 The Search for a Way Opposed to Institutions: Law as Force and as Consciousness, 2.2 Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat and its Dramatized Legal Conception, 2.3 Messianism as the Core of Lukács’ Preconception

Chapter 3   Provisional Summaries and Question Marks   3.1 Ruthlessness and its Trap in The Destruction of Reason, 3.2 Allusions to a Synthesis in The Specificity of the Aesthetic

Part Two   The Ontology: a Copernican Revolution

Chapter 4   The Ontological Approach as a Methodological Possibility of Transcending Socialist Normativism   4.1 The Genesis and Methodological Significance of the Ontology   4.2 Socialist Legal Thinking (4.2.1 The Revolutionary Period, 4.2.2 The Roots and Manifestations of Socialist Normativism, 4.2.3 The Need for Progress), 4.3 The Making of an Ontological Approach to Law

Chapter 5   The Ontological Concept of Law   5.1 Law as a Complex of Mediation (5.1.1 Complex of Complexes, 5.1.2 Complexes or Social Relationships, 5.1.3 The Interaction of Complexes: Mediation, 5.2 Law as Objectification and as Actual Functioning (5.2.1 The Genesis of Law and the Dialectics of the Use of Coercion, 5.2.2 Positive Law and Natural Law, 5.2.3 The Inner Contradiction of Law, 5.2.4 Legal Superstructure), 5.3 Is Law a Reflection of Reality? (5.3.1 Teleology and Causality, 5.3.2 Reflection of Reality and the Question of Incongruence, 5.3.3 The Nature of Juridical Concepts, 5.3.4 Validity as a Distinctive Quality of Law), 5.4 Law in Action: Formal Legality versus Social Optimum (5.4.1 Components of Law-Observance, 5.4.2 Law and Logic: Subsumption and Manipulation, 5.4.3 “Jurist’s World View” and the Ideology of the Legal Profession)

Chapter 6   The Ontological Approach as a Horizon in the General Renewal of Marxism

Appendix   “Thing” and Reification in Law   A.1 “Thing” or Reification in Marxist Philosophy?, A.2 Concepts of “Thing” as Fictions in the Law, A.3 Objectification, Reification and Alienation as Qualities of the Existence of Law (A.3.1 Objectification, A.3.2 Reification, A.3.3 Alienation), A.4 Conclusions

Postscript   The Contemporaneity of Lukács’ Ideas with Modern Social Theoretical Thought (The Ontology of Social Being in Social Science Reconstructions – with Regards to Constructs like Law)   P.1 Ontologies and The Ontology of Social Being, P.2 Some Key Terms of Lukács’ Ontology, P.3 The Ontology of Social Being as Applied to Law, P.4 Gattungswesen and Alienation

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Csaba VARGA: Law and Philosophy; Selected Papers in Legal Theory (1994)

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Law and Philosophy Selected Papers in Legal Theory (Budapest: ELTE “Comparative Legal Cultures” Project 1994) xi + 530 [Philosophiae Iuris]

papers (20 in English, 5 in German and 2 in French) spanning from 1970 to 1992:

LAW AS PRACTICE   ‘La formation des concepts en sciences juridiques’ [1970] / ‘Geltung des Rechts – Wirksamkeit des Rechts’ [1978] / ‘Macrosociological Theories of Law’ [1983] / ‘Law & its Inner Morality’ [1984] / ‘The Law & its Limits’ [1985]   LAW AS TECHNIQUE   ‘Domaine »externe« & domaine »interne« en droit’ [1983] / ‘Die ministerielle Begründung’ [1977] / ‘The Preamble’ [1970] / ‘Presumption & Fiction’ [1988] / ‘Legal Technique’ [1988]   LAW AS LOGIC   ‘Moderne Staatlichkeit und modernes formales Recht’ [1982] / ‘Heterogeneity & Validity of Law’ [1986] / ‘Leibniz & die Frage der rechtlichen Systembildung’ [1973] / ‘Law & its Approach as a System’ [1975] / ‘Logic of Law & Judicial Activity’ [1982] / ‘Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law’  [1988] / ‘The Nature of the Judicial Application of Norms’ [1992]   LAW AS EXPERIENCE   ‘The Socially Determined Nature of Legal Reasoning’ [1971] / ‘The Ontological Foundation of Law’ [1983] / ‘Is Law a System of Enactments?’ [1984] / ‘The Uniqueness of National Legal Cultures’ [1992] / ‘Institutions as Systems’ [1991]   LAW AS HISTORY   ‘From Legal Customs to Legal Folkways’ [1981] / ‘Anthropological Jurisprudence?’ [1985] / ‘Law as a Social Issue’ [1985] / ‘Law as History?’ [1986] / ‘Rechtskultur – Denkkultur’ [1988]

Csaba VARGA: Transition to Rule of Law; On the Democratic Transformation in Hungary (1995)

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

‘On Vitality in the Region’ [1995]

NO-LAW   ‘On Stalinism’ [1995] / ‘Past & Present’ [1985] / ‘Attempts at Reform from Within (La séparation des pouvoirs)’ [1984] / ‘What is Needed to have Law?’ [1989] / ‘Marxism in Service’ [1993]

TRANSITION   ‘The sui generis Nature of the Challenge’ [1993] / ‘Trumbling Steps of the New Constitutional State’ [1992]

SKIRMISHES AND THE GAME’S RULE   ‘Crime, not Civil Disobedience’ [1990] / ‘Fragility of the Constitutional Establishment’ [1990] / ‘Troubles Surrounding the Functions of Law’ [1991] / ‘Indivisibility of the Law & Rule of Law’ [1991] / ‘Civil Disobedience (Pattern with no Standard?)’ [1991]

COMING TO TERMS WITH THE PAST   ‘On Setting Standards’ [1990] / ‘Do we have the Right to Judge the Past?’ [1991] / ‘The Dilemma of Enforcing the Law’ [1992] / ‘Failure on Account of Constitutional Considerations?’ [1994]

RULE OF LAW   ‘Varieties of Law & Rule of Law’ [1993]