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Rule of Law und institutioneller Wandel: Vertragsstabilität und Vertragsdurchsetzung in Osteuropa


Edited By Herbert Küpper and Friedrich-Christian Schroeder

Die Beiträge in diesem Band bilden den juristischen Teil des interdisziplinären rechts- und wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Forschungsprojekts „Offenheit und institutioneller Wandel: Das Beispiel der Rule of Law". Das Buch untersucht die Wechselwirkung von außenwirtschaftlicher Öffnung und Liberalisierung im Vertragsrecht anhand des Umbruchs in Osteuropa. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes sind Länderstudien einerseits zu der Öffnung des außenwirtschaftlichen Vertragsrechts als dem Weltmarkt besonders ausgesetzter Regelungsmaterie. Andererseits untersuchen sie als Gegenprobe den Wandel im Arbeitsvertragsrecht, denn der Arbeitsvertrag ist auch in marktwirtschaftlichen Systemen ein besonders stark regulierter Vertragstyp.

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This research is about the phenomenon of the “in-between” as the ontological and metaphysical matrix of the human condition. Man is in the state of ignorance; he experiences finitude and yet desires to know; the human being sees the horizon and yet is perplexed by it. As such, man strives to reach beyond what he or she already is. Proper to man’s awareness of being is the attraction toward transcendence or divine reality. This attraction, experienced as a tension within the realm of consciousness, reveals one of the perennial truths about human nature as such, that is, the phenomenon of being as given in the form of an intermediate state between immanence and transcendence, the sacred and the profane, finitude and eternity, determinacy and indeterminacy, individual and community, self and other, unity and plurality, the fear of nothingness and the promise of plenitude. Indeed, human beings are beings “in-between” and thus remain in a state of dynamic tension between poles such as the ones just mentioned. As a matter of fact, it was in order to render expression to this “in-between” condition of man that Plato applied the term metaxy.

The question about such an existing “in-between” has become a subject of my personal reflection and intellectual inquiry in the dimension of cross-cultural encounter between the West and the East. This represents one of the most emblematic civilizational polarizations in history. My native experience of a predominantly kataphatic tradition of the West has been enriched by...

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