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May 1933

Das Rechtsgefühl in Justiz und Politik.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(5):1177. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240110245014

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In this little book the author, one of the veteran leaders of German psychiatry, discusses the status and significance of the sense of justice. "Sense of justice" is for him an elementary phenomenon which cannot be analyzed further. It is "an emotion that cannot be compared with anything else, which is aroused through contact with facts and presentations of juridical nature." Its psychologic origin is obscure. It appears late in human history, and the very expression "sense of justice" the author has been able to trace back only a hundred and fifty years. The sense of justice is developed differently in different persons. It is stronger in men than in women. It is present in children. The author discusses the sense of justice as it enters into everyday life, the administration of justice and politics. His examples are drawn from recent German history. Finally, he takes up the question of

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