Российское гражданское право с точки зрения социологической юриспруденции
The article presents the results of the assessment of domestic civil law and legal consciousness of Russian lawyers from the standpoint of a functional approach to law. This first theoretical part considers historical roots of dogmatism in
Russian legal consciousness and shows that dogmatism, which is closely connected with the super positivist approach to law, is still imprinted in the minds of domestic civilists. The functional approach to law is described as a necessary addition to legal dogmatism and an opposition to positivism, as well as the essence of the social impact of law. These theses are empirically confirmed in the second part of the paper. The author considers the principle of good faith, standards of proof, protection of possession, recovery of damages, compensation for harm to life and health, etc., and proves that in these key areas of civil law the dogmatic approach still prevails or significantly
hinders the effective operation of such civil law instruments.