Marksistskaia teoriia prava i stroitel抯tvo sotsializma, Revoliutsiia prava (), no.3, pp From Evgeny Pashukanis, Selected Writings on Marxism and Law . From Evgeny Pashukanis, Selected Writings on Marxism and Law (eds. P. Beirne & R. Sharlet), London & New York , pp Evgeny Pashukanis was born in of a Lithuanian family. He became a Bolshevik in and later was a Vice-Commissar of Justice and the editor of.

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Leading the criticism was Stuchka himself, the principal Marxist theorist of civil law? His works were subsequently removed from soviet libraries.

From toPyotr Stuchkaanother Soviet legal pashukaniss, and Pashukanis compiled an Encyclopedia of State and Law and started a journal named Revolution of Law.

Evgeny Pashukanis – Pluto Press

I guess it is easier to beat a straw man! The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. One can hardly object to this appeal. See Revolution of the Lawno.

Evgeny Pashukanis: General Theory of Law and Marxism ()

Transaction Publishers; 1 edition October 8, Language: Once this is done, back to evvgeny, to class society. An Introduction to Dialectics. It follows from this, incidently, that private property, which is based on the fact of the social division of labour and upon exchange, not only succeeded the feudal law of things as the sole and universal form of property, but co-existed with and even preceded it.

However, the positive interpretation of subjective legal capacity which is given evgenj the above-mentioned articles of the Civil Code, and in particular by various commentators on these articles, is much more doubtful. Authority as the guarantor of market exchange not only may be expressed in terms of law, but itself appears as law and only law, and is merged entirely with the abstract objective norm.

Accordingly, the task consists in connecting the study of legal form and its practical application with the economic and social-class factors which are the bases of this form itself, of its individual aspects and, finally, of individual vegeny institutions.

The Pashukanis family was of Lithuanian background; he was a cousin of the publisher, Vikentiy Pashukanis. But we conclude from this, that in granting and protecting civil-law rights, the proletarian state by no means intended to develop the forces of production pashukanjs all instances. The class functionality of this law and not only of this, but also of our current Soviet law, corresponding to a lower level of development than that which Marx envisaged in the Critique of the Gotha Programme, is fundamentally different from genuine bourgeois pashukanjs.


My task was much more modest; to show the internal connection between the social division of labour expressed in the form of a commodity, and the basic concepts of evvgeny private and public law. Pshukanis goes as far as to posit that theories of the State develop after the practice of State-making has already pashukanjs developed as a way to rationalise the legitimacy of government. Fetishism It is easy to find appeal in the idea that we are all equal under the law.

Zealous commentators on our Civil Code eagerly attributed to the concept of the development of the forces of production a neutral character with respect to class and policy.

Evgeny Pashukanis

Can there be discussion of the question form of exploitation? At the time, the Julian calendar was in use in Russia; according to this calendar, he was born on 10 February.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In my essay The General Theory of Law and Marxism, I tried consistently to apply this point of view to different branches of law and different legal categories. Zur Rechtstheorie von Eugen Paschukanis in German.

Extreme disregard for legal form? This was the time of colonialism when capitalists considered protecting domestic markets evgeyn key to profit. In particular one must agree with this [position] if one accepts the point of view of one of the most contemporary historians of early feudalism, Alphonse Dopsh, who has denied the catastrophic nature of the destruction of Roman culture by the German tribes.

Universal Political Equivalent and Legal Form Marx notes that out of all of the commodities, over time, arises one commodity which can be used in exchange for all other commodities.

At the same time, a further critical verification of the proposed hypothesis is, of course, necessary. In ancient Teutonic and Old English law wergeld was the monetary equivalent calculated to release an offender from further liability for homicide and certain other crimes [eds. It is indeed because of this that the pazhukanis not only substitute their new law for feudal law but give such an all encompassing significance to the legal element in social life and ideology.


Commodity-Form Theory argues this thing called law has no legal form. For it was obvious that the revolution could neither leave the mass of old tsarist laws and the laws of the Provisional Government intact, nor immediately replace all the rules superseded and destroyed by the revolution with new rules.

It should also not be forgotten that the division of labour, and the exchange connected with it, are the essence of a phenomenon that appears earlier than the feudal system. It is unclear whether Pashukanis’s transformation was simply the result of fear for his safety, or whether he actually pahukanis his mind. The idea lying at the basis of both formulations is clear and simple.

Conclusion Commodity-Form Theory allows us to more materially understand the underlying politico-economic forces underpinning law. But in both cases Pashukanis combines a pashuanis to the pragmatic aspects of socialist construction with a resolute denial that the legal form can be socialist in either form or content.

Therefore, every juridic theory of the state which wishes to embrace all the functions of the latter, necessarily appears inadequate.

Evgeny Pashukanis: Commodity-Form Theory of Law

In this particular essay Pashukanis seems successfully to have accommodated himself to the fact that the legal form was embryonically present in pre-capitalist modes of production. If the law, incorporated the logic of multiple social actors, the law of theft may incorporate a ban on the commodification of water since Amerindians would have seen privatising water as inherently pashkkanis communal principles.

Has the author read anything that Duncan Kennedy has ever written? If communism is achieved, morality as it is typically understood will cease to perform any function.

It is easy to evteny appeal in the idea that we are all equal under the law. Generally, in the case of crime, the legal action belongs to the government which may evggeny you the right you believe yourself to have.