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Schreber's LawJurisprudence and Judgment in Transition$
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Peter Goodrich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474426565

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474426565.001.0001

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Morbus Juridicus: Crisis and Critique of Law

Morbus Juridicus: Crisis and Critique of Law

(p.61) 3 Morbus Juridicus: Crisis and Critique of Law
Schreber's Law

Peter Goodrich

Edinburgh University Press

The aetiology of Schreber’s illness, begins with his attempt to stand for election to the Reichstag and his humiliating defeat. Viewed positively, he was seeking to escape his life as a lawyer and breaking out of the confines of legal science propelled him into an untenable position. He was admitted to the asylum because he was sick of law and this story is recounted in the Memoirs in terms of a struggle with the theistic source and model for the legal code. His is an atheistic critique of law, an impugning of the mystical source of norms in favour of a tellurian law and human legislation. The arcanaimperii or mysteries of rule are exposed as fictions, as the hallucinated projections of thoughtless bureaucrats.

Keywords:   Litigating competency, Legal souces, Automatic writing systems

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