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Reassessing Legal Humanism and its Claims: Petere Fontes?

Paul J. du Plessis and John W. Cairns


Legal humanism has become deeply entrenched in most modern works on European legal history from the seventeenth century onwards and has been accepted with such blind faith by many modern scholars that few have challenged it. The consequence is that scholars who have accepted the traditional view have used it to substantiate larger claims about the death of Roman law, the separation between the golden age of a pan-European medieval ius commune and the fragmented reception of Roman law into the nation states of Europe, and the relevance of ‘dogmatic’ Roman law as opposed to ‘antiquarian’ Roman l ... More

Keywords: Legal humanism, Legal History, Roman Law, Law, Ius Commune

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474408851
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. du Plessis, editor
University of Edinburgh

John W. Cairns, editor
University of Edinburgh

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John W Cairns

Part I Defining Legal Humanism

Part II A Break with the Past/Contemporary Critiques

Part III Legal Humanism: A Pan-European Methodology?

Part IV Legal Humanism and the Book Trade


Paul J du Plessis

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