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"Mellan två kunskapsregimer. Rättsvetenskapen och politiken under 1930- och 40-talet"
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2014 (Swedish)In: Retfærd. Nordic journal of law and justice, ISSN 0105-1121, Vol. 145, no 2, 54-77- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the Boundary Work conducted around law as an academic field of knowledge in the 1930s and 1940s in Sweden. This period designates a formative phase for many research disciplines. The boundaries negotiated and drawn then are still, to a large extent, regarded as valid. The purpose of the article is therefore to give a historical and political perspective on the present boundaries of legal science. The article argues that legal science lacked a strategic discipline builder and that political scientist Herbert Tingsten and philosopher Ingemar Hedenius were able to colonize the societal relevance of law as an academic discipline for the sake of their own disciplines, thus rendering legal science a discipline with narrow boundaries, isolated and subordinate to the discipline of philosophy. It is argued that this was achieved by representing the knowledge regime of positivism, a philosophy of science aiming at enforcing the formal unity of academic disciplines in a hierarchic formation where the place at the top is held by philosophy.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jurist och ekonomförbundets förlag. Köpenhamn, 2014. Vol. 145, no 2, 54-77- p.
Keyword [en]
Discipline building, knowledge, democracy Hedenius
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History and Archaeology
Research subject
Jurisprudence; History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-236357DiVA: diva2:764174
Available from: 2014-11-18 Created: 2014-11-18 Last updated: 2014-11-18

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