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Adolf Reinach’s “The Apriori Foundations of the Civil Law”

reinach picAn English translation of Adolf Reinach’s “Adolf Reinach: The Apriori Foundations of the Civil Law” (1913) was included in a special edition of the journal Aletheia in 1983. I’ve scanned in my copy since it is breaking apart (it is unfortunately adorned with my underlining and notes). The scan is here [un-annotated scan sent to me by Barry Smith is here], and includes:

  • John F. Crosby: A Brief Biography of Reinach ix
  • Reinach as a Philosophical Personality: Edmund Husserl xi, Dietrich von Hildebrand xv, Edith Stein xxvii, Hedwig Conrad-Martius xxx
  • Adolf Reinach: The Apriori Foundations of the Civil Law 1
  • John F. Crosby: Reinach’s Discovery of the Social Acts 143
  • Discussion: 195
  • Josef Seifert: Is Reinach’s “Apriorische Rechtslehre” More Important for Positive Law than Reinach Himself Thinks? 197

Reinach’s paper “On The Concept of Causality in the Criminal Law” was published earlier this year in Libertarian Papers (Vol. 1 (2009), Art. No. 35). As noted there, Adolf Reinach (1883–1917) was a German phenomenologist and legal theorist. For further information on Reinach, see Karl Schumann & Barry Smith, “Adolf Reinach: An Intellectual Biography,” in K. Mulligan, ed., Speech Act and Sachverhalt: Reinach and the Foundations of Realist Phenomenology (Dordrecht/Boston/Lancaster: Nijhoff, 1987), pp. 1–27; and “Papers on Adolf Reinach.” In addition, Reinach’s thought was examined in a symposium on “Austrian Law and Economics: The Contributions of Reinach and Rothbard” held at the Ludwig von Mises Institute on March 29–30, 2001, papers resulting from which were published in Vol. 7, no. 4 (Winter 2004) of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.

[Mises blog cross-post]

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  • David Koepsell November 16, 2009, 1:59 pm

    Fantastic, thanks for this. I have a very beaten up version of the issue of Aletheia, but have longed for a pdf. I refer to it constantly in my writings.


  • Chris O'Hagan January 20, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Thanks for this Stephan. I have two hardcopies myself (which I guard closely), but I always lamented that fact that this work is not widely available, especially considering its relevance to Austrian philosophy and the Austrian School of Economics and its importance as a foundation for a praxeological theory of law.

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