Petrazhitsky as a Sociologist of Law

Savenkov A.N.

Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Sci. (Law), Prof. Acting Director the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

Gorban V.S.

Cand. Sci. (Law), Senior Researcher, Department of Philosophy of Law, History and Theory of State and Law the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250004284-5
ID of the Article: 7580

For citation:

Savenkov A.N., Gorban V.S. Petrazhitsky as a Sociologist of Law. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2019. No 3. P. 118-128


The article deals with the work of the outstanding Russian lawyer L. Petrazhitsky, whose scientific views have had a significant impact on the formation of the philosophy of law and the general theory of law, as well as various versions of sociological and psychological approaches to law. Specificity of the profile of this article consists in the fact that in it the creative heritage of L. Petrazhitsky is considered from the point of view of sociology of law, as in all the views of this scholar sociological orientation of the main components of his legal worldview was very substantial. The central topic of the legal theory of L. Petrazhitsky on the legal psyche presented the development of a deeper and more traditional for sociology problem – motivation of social action, in which law is given the role of the main factor of social life and social development.

L. Petrazhitsky; sociology of law; social action; society; R. Jhering; social motivation; legal psyche; coercion; legal pedagogy


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