Axel Hägerström and Modern Social Thought
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This major volume of studies of Axel Hägerström (1868–1939) presents contributions by leading international scholars to a 2011 symposium on the only Swedish philosopher of international significance for social thought. Axel Hägerström, in contrast to his contemporaries, rejected the reality of values, and then applied this rejection by reinterpreting legal theory. His influence was enormous for the school of “Scandinavian legal realism” which includes Gunnar Myrdal, Karl Olivecrona and Alf Ross, and had a formative influence upon Swedish political culture, and Scandinavian social science.
Part I - Knowledge, Language and Morals
Chapter 1 - Methodological Reflections on Hägerström’s Meta-ethics - Folke Tersman
Part II - Metaphysics, Neo-Kantianism, Religion
Chapter 4 - Hägerström and the Project of De-Ideologization - Stephen P. Turner & George Mazur
Part III - Scandinavian Legal Realism
Chapter 8 - Axel Hägerström’s Influence on Legal Thinking in Sweden: All Mod Cons in the Valley Between What Is and What Ought To Be - Torbjörn Andersson
Part IV - Hägerström’s Legacy
Chapter 13 -On the Political Impact of the Uppsala School - Svante Nycander
Appendix: Translations of Two Texts by Axel Hägerström
On the Truth of Moral Ideas - Axel Hägerström
Axel Hägerström’s Published Works: Select Bibliography - Thomas Mautner
About the Editors:
Sven Eliaeson has a Ph.D. in political science from Uppsala University, awarded in 1982. He is a researcher at UCRS (Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies) and he is also Recurrent Visiting Professor in Sociology at CSS (Centre for Social Studies) at IFiS PAN (Institute for Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw). His most significant monograph is Max Weber’s Methodologies (Polity Press, 2002). He has also published several edited volumes on East of the Elbe a airs and problems of the post-1989 transformations.
Patricia Mindus received a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Turin in 2006 and is Associate Professor in Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University. She is the author of A Real Mind.
Stephen P. Turner is Graduate Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is the co-author of Max Weber: The Lawyer as Social Thinker, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Weber, as well as more than twenty other books in the history and philosophy of social science, political theory, and methodology; most recently Explaining the Normative (Polity Press, 2010).