Julius Binder (philosopher)

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Julius Binder

Julius Binder (born May 12, 1870 in Würzburg , † August 28, 1939 in Starnberg ) was a German legal philosopher.


After studying law in Würzburg with a doctorate (1894) and habilitation (1898), he became a professor in Rostock (1900), Erlangen (1903), Würzburg (1913) and Göttingen (1919). He co-founded the International Hegel Association and became a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences . After he had resorted to Immanuel Kant's legal concept in earlier works (so still in: Legal Concept and Legal Idea from 1915), he later became a decisive critic of the neo-Kantian legal philosophy, especially Rudolf Stammler's legal philosophy . Since the twenties of the twentieth century, Julius Binder - as well as later Karl Larenz , Gerhard Dulckeit and Walther Schönfeld - represented a new Hegelian approach to legal philosophy, the system of so-called objective idealism . Binder was the academic teacher of the German legal philosopher and civil lawyer Karl Larenz. He rejected legal positivism .

In addition, Binder, like Carl Schmitt , Karl Larenz or Ernst Forsthoff, is considered a legal philosopher who not only did not criticize the National Socialist legal system, but tried to actively support it through his work. Before the National Socialist "seizure of power", Binder had with u. a. Max Pohlenz , Ludwig Prandtl , Hermann Thiersch , Hugo Willrich and Hermann Kees belong to a group of Göttingen professors who published calls for the Black-White-Red campaign on March 8th and 11th on the occasion of the upcoming Prussian municipal council elections in the Göttinger Tageblatt had signed. On April 5, 1933, Binder joined the NSDAP ( membership number 3,551,565). He was also a member of the Legal Philosophy Committee at the Academy for German Law under Hans Frank . After the Second World War, Binder's book Der deutsche Volksstaat ( Mohr , Tübingen 1934) was placed on the list of literature to be segregated in the Soviet occupation zone . In the German Democratic Republic , this list was followed by his June 28th and the question of war guilt (H. Beyer & Sons, Langensalza 1929).

Since 1890 he was a member of the Corps Bavaria Würzburg .


Binder's grave in the city ​​cemetery (Göttingen)
  • The Problem of the Legal Personality (1907).
  • Legal concept and legal idea , Leipzig 1915.
  • Philosophy of Law , Berlin 1925.
  • Foundation of the legal philosophy , Tübingen 1935.
  • System of legal philosophy , Berlin 1937.


Web links

Commons : Julius Binder  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Kaufmann, Arthur: Philosophy of Law and National Socialism. In: Rottleuthner, Hubert: Law, Legal Philosophy and National Socialism. Lectures from the conference of the German section of the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy in the Federal Republic of Germany on October 11 and 12, 1982 in Berlin (West). Wiesbaden 1983, pp. 1-19.
  2. Cornelia Wegeler: "... we say from the international scholarly republic" . Böhlau Verlag, Vienna a. a. 1996, p. 128.
  3. ^ Heinrich Becker (ed.): The University of Göttingen under National Socialism: the suppressed chapter of its 250-year history . K. G. Saur, Munich a. a. 1987, p. 97.
  4. ^ List of literature to be discarded
  5. ^ List of literature to be discarded
  6. Kösener Corpslisten 1960, 138/512