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Law, Philosophy and National Socialism

Heidegger, Schmitt and Radbruch in Context

Ian Ward

Law, Philosophy and National Socialism investigates the nexus between the philosophy and the reality of law in National Socialist Germany. What was the nature of law in Hitler's Germany? Was there a National Socialist jurisprudence? Concentrating upon a particular study of the philosophies of Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt and Gustav Radbruch, the book develops the thesis that the reality of National Socialist law was an expression of a specifically Heideggerian jurisprudence and moreover that the consequences of such a reality represent the potential consequences of any such jurisprudence.
Contents: Legal history in Nazi Germany 1933-1945. Philosophy of Martin Heidegger. Legal theories of Carl Schmitt and Gustav Radbruch.