Leon Petrażycki. Challenge to Legal Orthodoxy
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This modest volume is intended as a companion piece to a collection of plenary lectures to be presented at the 25rd World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy in Cracow, Poland (August 1-6,2007) titled Law and Legal Cultures in the 21st Century: Dwersity and Unity, edited by Tomasz Gizbert-Studnicki and Jerzy Stelmach (Warsaw, 2007). It owes its existence to rather prosaic fact that due to several reasons its author, as the editor of the Law and Legal Cultures in the 21st Century put it, was prevented from delivering the manuscript of his lecture. As a result he has lost his privilege to have his lecture published in the company of papers by excellent legal philosophers and under editorship of his two learned colleagues from Jagiellonian University, but, on the other hand, a lecture on Leon Petrażycki, the brightest star of Polish, perhaps even Slavonic, legal philosophy has become more elaborate and, in some respects, has acquired a special status, similar to the one the organizers of the Congress have provided for a session on his scholarly contribution.