Certain Legal Presuppositions About the Idea of Law in Edith Stein’s An Investigation Concerning the State

  • Marcelo Gidi SJEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 110)


This paper discusses the ontic structure of the law or, in phenomenological terms, the essence of law. In her work on the state, Edith Stein develops a phenomenology of law without ever presenting it in terms of natural law or legal positivism. This paper argues that Stein, following Adolf Reinach’s concept of pure law, recognizes the a priori structure of law as such, that is, she views law as an a priori order.


Law Edith Stein Phenomenology State Justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontifical Gregorian UniversityRomeItaly

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