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

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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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Introduction

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1. Nature of the Research

The aim of the book is to explore the “in-between” nature of human beings in the light of the metaxy inherited from the classics. Throughout the history of philosophy there have been discussions about the meaning of metaxy.1 This work envisages a study of contemporary philosopher Eric Voegelin and the role which Plato’s metaxy plays in his philosophy. The goal is to provide an interpretation of metaxy in terms of that dynamic happening taking place in the “between” and thus becoming the condition of the possibility of the historical, political, ethical and religious orientation of the human person in reality. The experience of being in the context of metaxy reveals for Voegelin a spiritual movement and tension within consciousness, something that the German-American philosopher designates in terms of a noetic consciousness. We can say, therefore, that consciousness for Voegelin constitutes the proper locus of the metaxy regardless of its plurivocal expressions. In other words, the human consciousness is situated in the reality of the “in-between,” the middle ground where the divine reality manifests itself as the origin of being. We intend to show, therefore, that, thanks to a philosophy based on the concept of metaxy, the vision of Voegelin represents a profound insight and deserves recognition as an option adequate for addressing the intellectual challenges engendered by modern and postmodern philosophies.

2. Our Author of Reference

Eric Voegelin2 was a German-born American political philosopher. His particular interest...

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