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FA-10264-70

Edgar Bodenheimer
University of California, Davis (Davis, CA 95618-6153)

Book entintled "The Will to Power and the Will to Law"

Inquiry into role of law in society which begins with Nietzche's thesis that "will to power" is mainspring of political and social action, then raises question whether the "will to law" is a basic trait of human nature. ABSTRACT: Inquiry into the role of law in society from vantage point of philosophically-oriented anthropology and sociology. Begins with Nietzsche's thesis that "will to power" is mainspring of political and social action, then raises question whether there is "will to law," rooted in basic and constructive traits of human nature, which renders institution of law necessary, beneficial and presumably permanent phenomena of human life in society. Source material drawn from psychology, anthropology, sociology, law and philosophy. Widespread skepticism concerning institution of law seems to pervade younger generation, from which future leaders will be recruited. Law deemed to be tool of repression, destined to "wither away" in society on future, rather than antidote to the unrestrained roaming of a Nietzschean "will to power." Resulting work will identify misunderstndings and misconceptions.

Project fields:
Jurisprudence

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,500 (approved)
$15,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1970 – 8/31/1971