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The Status of Legal Ethics


Pawel Teodor Skuczynski

The basic aim of the study is to describe the ambiguity of the term legal ethics in the context of different traditions and conceptions. The three most important traditions of legal ethics are: the French, with the categories of virtue and independence, the American, with the ideas of loyalty and professional duties, and the German, with professional roles and obedience. On that base, a theory of critical legal ethics is developed. It claims that the subject of legal ethics consists of three planes – deontological, social and moral. Further it is examined, whether chosen legal-philosophical conceptions contain any legal ethics conceptions and what could be the interdisciplinary research program of legal ethics.


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The Status of Legal Ethics Warsaw Studies in Philosophy and Social Sciences Edited by Tadeusz Szawiel and Jakub Kloc-Konkołowicz Volume 1 Notes on the quality assurance and peer review of this publication Prior to publication, the quality of the work published in this series is reviewed by one of the editors of the series. Paweł Skuczyn´ski The Status of Legal Ethics Translated by Katarzyna Popowicz Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at The publication was financially supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education - National Programme for the Development of Humanities. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Skuczynski, Pawel, author. [Status etyki prawniczej. English] The status of legal ethics / Pawel Skuczynski ; translated by Katarzyna Popowicz. pages cm. — (Warsaw studies in philosophy and social sciences ; v. 1) “The present work has been completed on the basis of my doctoral thesis, only editorially changed, entitled “Philosophical and Methodo- logical Status of Legal Ethics”, prepared and defended at the Faculty of Law and Administration of Warsaw University” — Introduction. ISBN 978-3-631-64133-0 1. Legal ethics—Philosophy. I. Popowicz, Katarzyna, translator. II. Title. K123.S5813 2013 174'.3—dc23 2013026121 ISSN 2196-0143 ISBN 978-3-631-64133-0 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03089-1 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03089-1 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York...

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