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date: 24 June 2024

p. 2338. Historical and anthropological jurisprudencelocked

p. 2338. Historical and anthropological jurisprudencelocked

  • Raymond WacksRaymond WacksEmeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory


This chapter, which discusses the development of historical and anthropological jurisprudence, first identifies the characteristics that distinguish the Western legal tradition from other systems. It then discusses the German Romantic Movement, which found its most powerful spokesman in jurist, Friedrich Karl von Savigny; its foremost champion in England was Sir Henry Maine. Maine exercised a significant influence over what has come to be called anthropological jurisprudence or legal anthropology, an approach to law that developed in the twentieth century and which was recognized as essential to an understanding of law by the American realist judge Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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