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Julius Binder

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Nationality  Germany
Citizenship  Germany

Home town  Wurzburg
Name  Julius Binder
Julius Binder
Born  12 May 1870 (1870-05-12) Wurzburg
Died  28 August 1939(1939-08-28) (aged 69) Gottingen
Occupation  philosopher of law (German: Rechtsphilosoph) This section requires expansion. (August 2011) Related person Rudolf Stammler, Karl Larenz (de), Gerhard Dulckeit (de), Walther Schonfeld, Max Pohlenz (de), Ludwig Prandtl, Hermann Thiersch (de), Hugo Willrich (de), Hermann Kees (de); Carl Schmitt, Ernst Forsthoff
Political party  This section requires expansion. (August 2011) Corps Bavaria Wurzburg (de)

Julius Binder (May 12, 1870 in Würzburg – August 28, 1939 in Göttingen) was a German philosopher of law. He is principally known as an opponent of legal positivism, and for having remained as an active scholar during the 1930s in Nazi Germany who did not speak out against the prevailing government of that time.



After studying law in Würzburg with honors (1894) and Habilitation (1898), he became professor in Rostock (1900), Erlangen (1903), Würzburg (1913) and Göttingen (1919). He founded the "International Hegel Federal" and became a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.

After he had applied in earlier works the concept of rights from Immanuel Kant (as in: "Legal concept and idea of law" from the year 1915), he later became a strong critic of Neokantian legal philosophy, especially the philosophy of law of Rudolf Stammler. Since the 1920s, Julius Binder—and later along with Karl Larenz, Gerhard Dulckeit and Walther Schönfeld –- he applied a Neohegelian approach to jurisprudence in the system of the so-called "objective idealism". Binder was the academic teacher of the German legal philosopher and civil law proponent Karl Larenz. He rejected legal positivism.

In addition, Binder, along with others such as Ernst Forsthoff, Carl Schmitt, Karl Larenz among legal philosophers, did not criticize the Nazi legal system.

Since 1890 he was a member of the Corps Bavaria Würzburg.

Literary works

  • Das Problem der Juristischen Persönlichkeit (1907)
  • Rechtsbegriff und Rechtsidee, 1915
  • Philosophie der Rechts, 1925
  • Grundlegung zur Rechtsphilosophie, 1935
  • System der Rechtsphilosophie, 1937
  • References

    Julius Binder Wikipedia