Research report 2021 - Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory
Pictures of our heroes: Do you know Eugen Ehrlich?
Abteilung Multidisziplinäre Rechtstheorie
SummaryResearchers can become heroes, and not just when their expertise is in high demand and they attain a level of notoriety through media attention. To this day, the jurist Eugen Ehrlich is still viewed as a role model and guiding figure in many senses: while some take him to be the ‘founder of legal sociology’, others see him as the ‘forefather of legal pluralism’. For Ralf Seinecke, however, these images of the heroes of science should be taken with caution. While they are certainly important and groundbreaking figures, these picture or images also elude the categories of true and false.