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Remarks on the Philosophy of Law in Brazil in the Twentieth Century
Problema - Anuario de Filosofía y Teoría del Derecho (2014)
  • Ronaldo Porto Macedo, Junior

The text divides the development of Philosophy of Law in Brazil in twentieth century in four separate stages. The first starts with the foundation of higher education in Brazil and goes through the turn of the nineteenth century. The second stages characterizes the emergence and development of a type of legal philosophy that lasts almost through the entire twentieth century. This could be characterized by the presence of a humanist and rhetoric legal thinking, often lacking clear boundaries between sociology, history, general philosophy and legal philosophy. The third stage is marked by the emergence of a profissional, technical, university-oriented academic philosophy in Brazil and its coexistence with the philosophy of law produced in law schools. This stage began with the foundation of the University of São Paulo in 1934 and it follows a "parallel history" of Philosophy in Brazil, remaining until our days. Obsession with methodologies, conceptual accuracy and orientation to the history of philosophy, especially among classical authors, are its distinguishing features, as it is little concerned with philosophy of law in a strict sense. A fourth stage, which began in the first decade of the twenty-first century, is marked by a reduced agenda of discussions theoretical work by professional philosophers and some works performed by law schools.

  • Philosophy of Law,
  • Legal Education,
  • Law Schools,
  • Jurisprudential Reception,
  • Brazil
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Ronaldo Porto Macedo. "Remarks on the Philosophy of Law in Brazil in the Twentieth Century" Problema - Anuario de Filosofía y Teoría del Derecho Vol. 8 (2014)
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