(No) hard feelings! : [Rezension zu: Philipp Ruch, »Ehre und Rache«. Eine Gefühlsgeschichte des antiken Rechts, Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag 2017, 437 p., ISBN 978-3-593-50720-0]

  • Every now and again, one is overcome by a sense of utter disbelief. How can it be that some conventional narratives are still so persistent and influential in this day and age? In fact, they are so pervasive that one feels compelled to put pen to paper in order to combat them. Among these narratives, we find the tale of cultural evolution, where law plays a fundamental role as an instrument for rationalizing archaic societies. Having rejected this kind of historiography in his last essay on the early history of law (ZRG RA 127, 1–13), the late Raymond Westbrook instead postulated new paradigms. Moving in the same direction, Philipp Ruch thwarts this story of civilizing progress in a twofold manner: In his eyes, honor and vengeance are not the anthropological factors that law has to contain in order to create civilization. According to Ruch, and the main thrust of his 2016 dissertation, it was in fact law in the context of honor and vengeance that produced emotionality. ...

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Author:Guido PfeiferGND
Parent Title (Multiple languages):Rechtsgeschichte = Legal History
Publisher:Max-Planck-Inst. für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Place of publication:Frankfurt, M.
Contributor(s):Thomas Duve, Stefan Vogenauer
Document Type:Review
Year of Completion:2019
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/10/21
Page Number:3
First Page:296
Last Page:297
Dieser Beitrag steht unter einer Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
The German version of this review appeared in the FAZ on 2 Aug. 2017
Institutes:Rechtswissenschaft / Rechtswissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0