Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Somek - Research Projects


My chief project concerns a further elaboration of the relational approach to law. Inadvertently, it has grown to much larger proportions. If it is true that the legal relation addresses an antinomy of morality it makes sense to view law as the historically manifest critique of practical reason. It becomes necessary, hence, to embed legal philosophy into the broader background of the self-determination of reason, for which I draw on German idealism and its latest fulgurations in the forms of Pittsburgh pragmatism.

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The relational approach to law

Das Recht als Kritik der praktischen Vernunft