58 Temp. L.Q. 799 (1985)
In the Heaven for Legal Concepts: A Fantasy

handle is hein.journals/temple58 and id is 809 raw text is: IN THE HEAVEN FOR LEGAL CONCEPTS:
A FANTASY*
Rudolf von Jhering
Translated by Charlotte L. Levy **
FOREWORD
by
John M. Lindsey ***
All too often language barriers separate American and other common law
lawyers from important, interesting and even humorous writings by civil law
thinkers and scholars such as Rudolf von Jhering, the great nineteenth century
German legal philospher. Professor Levy has performed a valuable service by
translating In the Heaven for Legal Concepts and making this classic available to
the English speaking bar.
Jhering lived from 1818 to 1892.1 At the age of twenty-four he received a
doctor's degree in law from Berlin University.2 Three years later he obtained his
first law professorship, and, during the course of a long academic career, he taught
at several German law schools, spending sixteen years at Giessen and twenty years
at Gottingen. 3 While briefly serving at the University of Vienna, Jhering was en-
nobled by the Emperor of Austria.4
Jhering's writings have justly been called mountainous.5 Altogether he
wrote more than twenty volumes on Roman law, German law, and jurisprudence. 6
Very few of Jhering's works have ever been translated into English, however, a
situation that Hart terms an intellectual tragedy. 7 Professor Levy's translation
* Originally published in German as Im juristichen Begriffshimmel. Ein Phantastiebild., in
SCHERZ UND ERNST IN DER JURISPRUDENZ, 1884 by Breitkopf & Hartel, Leipzig.
** Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Cabinet for Human Resources, Commonwealth
of Kentucky. Formerly Librarian and Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New
York. B.A., University of Kentucky, 1966; M.S., Columbia University, 1969; J.D., Salmon P. Chase
College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, 1975. Professor Levy is a member of the Colorado,
New York, and Kentucky bars.
*** Professor of Law and Law Librarian, Temple University School of Law. B.A., Southern
Illinois University, 1951; J.D., University of Illinois, 1958; M.S., University of Illinois, 1962. Profes-
sor Lindsey is a member of the Illinois and the Pennsylvania bars.
1. C. MORRIS, THE GREAT LEGAL PHILOSOPHERS 397 (1959).
2. Id.
3. Id.
4. Id.
5. Id.
6. Id.
7. H. HART, ESSAYS IN JURISPRUDENCE AND PHILOSOPHY 265 (1983).
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