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Sound ideas and absurd consequences: reflections of a legal historian

Raoul van Caenegem UGent (2011) EUROPEAN REVIEW. 19(1). p.93-104
abstract
During the 60 years that I have been writing - and speculating - on public law (my first book on medieval criminal law came out in 1954), I have been repeatedly struck by a particular phenomenon to which I would now like to draw attention: that sound ideas and useful innovations eventually - when relentlessly taken to their extreme consequences and pushed along the abstract lines of their inner logic - lead to absurd or even nefarious results, defeating the original intention.
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publication status
published
subject
journal title
EUROPEAN REVIEW
Eur. Rev.
volume
19
issue
1
pages
93 - 104
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000312874300008
ISSN
1062-7987
DOI
10.1017/S1062798710000384
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2042516
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2042516
date created
2012-02-23 14:05:27
date last changed
2013-10-31 16:06:11
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  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2011},
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Chicago
van Caenegem, Raoul. 2011. “Sound Ideas and Absurd Consequences: Reflections of a Legal Historian.” European Review 19 (1): 93–104.
APA
van Caenegem, Raoul. (2011). Sound ideas and absurd consequences: reflections of a legal historian. EUROPEAN REVIEW, 19(1), 93–104.
Vancouver
1.
van Caenegem R. Sound ideas and absurd consequences: reflections of a legal historian. EUROPEAN REVIEW. 2011;19(1):93–104.
MLA
van Caenegem, Raoul. “Sound Ideas and Absurd Consequences: Reflections of a Legal Historian.” EUROPEAN REVIEW 19.1 (2011): 93–104. Print.