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Russian Legal Realism

  • Bartosz Brożek
  • Julia Stanek
  • Jerzy Stelmach

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 125)

About this book


This edited volume explores ideas of legal realism which emerge through the works of Russian legal philosophers. Apart from the well-known American and Scandinavian versions of legal realism, there also exists a Russian one: readers will discover fresh perspectives and that the collection of early twentieth century ideas on law discussed in Russia can be understood as a unified school of legal thought – as Russian legal realism. 

These chapters by renowned European and Eastern European legal philosophers add to ongoing discussions about the nature of law, especially in the context of developments around our scientific knowledge about the mind and behaviour. Analyses of legal phenomena carried out by legal realists in Russia offer novel arguments in favour of embracing psychological and sociological perspectives on the law. The book includes analysis of the St. Petersburg school of legal philosophy and Leon Petrażycki’s psychological theory of law. 

This original and multifaceted research on Russian realists is of considerable value to an international audience. Researchers and postgraduate students of law, legal theory and legal ethics will find the book particularly appealing, but it will also interest those investigating the philosophy or sociology of law, or legal history. 


L. Petrazycki Concept of Law Psychological Theory of Law Russian Legal Realism Sociology of Law St. Petersburg School of Legal Philosophy Andrey Polyakov Andrey Medushevskiy Russian thinkers on development of philosophy and theory of law Nikolay Korkunov’s theory on Russian legal realism Leon Petrażycki’s Critical Realism and Legal Realism St. Petersburg school of legal philosophy Russian School of Legal Realism Sergey Muromtsev on Russian sociological jurisprudence Logical Foundations of the Theory of Law of Leon Petrażycki Leon Petrażycki 's Methodological Foundations Eugen Ehrlich and Leon Petrażycki on law and morality Russian psychological legal theory Mikhail Reisner’s Socio-Psychological Theory of State and Law Russian naturalistic theory of law and philosophy of mind Phenomenological theory of law and philosophy of mind

Editors and affiliations

  • Bartosz Brożek
    • 1
  • Julia Stanek
    • 2
  • Jerzy Stelmach
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal EthicsJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  2. 2.Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow UniversityKrakówPoland
  3. 3.Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal EthicsJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

About the editors

Bartosz Brożek is full professor at the Department of the Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics and deputy-dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, as well as Deputy-Director of the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Julia Stanek is a researcher in the area of Russian legal philosophy, bioethics and legal philosophy in general, the author of several publications and book on Russian Legal Realism.

Jerzy Stelmach is full professor and the Head of the Department of the Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, an experienced researcher in the areas of legal philosophy, law & logic, ethics, and philosophy in general; the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books and mo nographs.   

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