Categorial objects

For an Illusion-Free Phenomenology of Law and Ethics

If there is one domain that is crying out for the elucidative intent and the watchword of ‘back to the things themselves’ of Husserlian phenomenology, it is indeed law and more broadly ethics. ‘Jurists are still looking for a definition of their concept of law’ observed Kant in his Critique of Pure Reason in 1781. Things have not come very far since then. Theorists still feel that ‘pursuing a definition of law is a hopeless undertaking’ so much so that some of them, like Michel Troper or Denys de Béchillon, no longer hesitate to proclaim that such a definition could only be purely ‘stipulative’ (meaning arbitrary).