Jurisprudence of interests

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In European legal history and the philosophy of law, the jurisprudence of interests is a doctrine of legal positivism[1][2] of the early 20th century, according to which a written law must be interpreted to reflect the interests it is to promote. The main proponents of the jurisprudence of interests were Philipp Heck, Rudolf Müller-Erzbach, Arthur F. Bentley and Roscoe Pound.[3]

The school of legal positivism passed through the phase of the jurisprudence of interests after the jurisprudence of concepts. In the jurisprudence of interests, one interprets a law essentially in terms of the purposes it is intended to accomplish. This doctrine is characterized by the idea of obedience to law, and subsumption as the resolution of conflicts of interests in the concrete and in the abstract,[4] whereby the interests necessary to life in society, as materialized in that law, should prevail. It is therefore a distinctly teleological school.

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  1. ^ Costa, Alexandre Araújo. "A Jurisprudência dos Interesses". Arcos. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Freitas, Edilene Maria Campos de. "Jurisprudência dos Interesses". Amigo Nerd. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jurisprudence Of Interests, American". Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Cardoso, Rosa (12 July 2007). "Jurisprudência de Interesses". Shvoong. Retrieved 27 December 2011.