By Patricia Mindus
This accomplished presentation of Axel Hägerström (1868-1939) fills a void in approximately a century of literature, supplying either the felony and political student and the non-expert reader with a formal creation to the daddy of Scandinavian realism. in accordance with his entire paintings, together with unpublished fabric and private correspondence chosen solely from the Uppsala information, A genuine Mind follows the chronological evolution of Hägerström’s highbrow company and gives an entire account of his notion. The publication summarizes Hägerström’s major arguments whereas allowing additional severe evaluate, and attempts to reply to such questions as: If norms are neither real nor fake, how can they be appropriately understood at the foundation of Hägerström’s idea of information? Did the founding father of the Uppsala institution uphold emotivism in ethical philosophy? What effects does the sort of viewpoint have in functional philosophy? Is he fairly the foundation at the back of Scandinavian country absolutism?
A genuine Mind areas the advanced net of concerns addressed through Hägerström in the broader context of 20th century philosophy, stretching from epistemology to ethics. His philosophy of legislation is tested within the center chapters of the publication, with emphasis at the will-theory and the relation among legislations and gear. 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 criminal conception. The appendix presents a specific bibliography and a short synopsis of the main occasions in his existence, either deepest and intellectual.
"The paintings deals a great reconstruction of Hägerström’s paintings and existence, and offers his own and highbrow evolution balancing completely the chronological and the systematic dimensions."
Liborio L. Hierro, Professor of Jurisprudence, school of legislations, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
"The booklet is excellently-sourced, consistently well-argued, and makes a case for a revival of curiosity in Hägerström. i think this to be vital. Hägerström is proper, insightful and interesting."
Michael Freeman, LLM, Barrister, Professor of English legislation, college of legislation, college university London, United Kingdom
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Extra resources for A Real Mind: The Life and Work of Axel Hägerström
Therefore, as far as his participation in the founding of the Uppsala School is concerned, this is the fundamental period. The years following 1911 only accomplish the consolidation of what had already been acquired. Regarding hermeneutics, my suggestion is that probably all these problems would find a more adequate solution if the basic hermeneutical device is varied. Indeed, instead of thinking of a first and second Hägerström (according to a popular Wittgenstein-interpretation) or a pre- and post-Umwälzung (according to the dominant Kant-reading), perhaps we should start thinking of der junge Axel who – like most intellectuals – needed several steps (and setbacks) before maturing what handbooks in history of philosophy would later classify as the definitive thought.
122 E. , p. » This opinion is upheld by E. , p. 79. On the difficulty of fixing the date of the conversion, see E. , p. 6; and K. MarcWogau, Axel Hägerströms filosofi (now in) Studier till Axel Hägerströms filosofi, Prisma, Uppsala 1968, p. 18. ” If we bear in mind what Hägerström declared personally, the date might be pushed back as far as the mid-80s. 128 A historian who has studied the official documents of the commission, Svante Nordin, concluded that «notwithstanding strong disagreement in the commission on whom to appoint as number one, there is a striking unison when it comes to number two.
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.
A Real Mind: The Life and Work of Axel Hägerström by Patricia Mindus