The book is dedicated to the work of a renowned Russian-French legal scholar of the 20th century, one of the founders of the sociology of law as a research area, Georgy Davidovich Gurvich (1894–1965). The thinker’s concepts are narrated in the context of his intellectual biography, which makes it possible to better understanding the twists and turns in the development of the scholar’s views. The book consists of two major parts. The first, an analytical section, sheds light on Gurvich’s life course and analyses the key points of his doctrine and concepts. The second includes the scholar’s works, some previously unpublished, as well as a number of archival biographical and epistolary materials.
The book is intended for students of sociology, law, and philosophy, and humanities teachers, as well as for a wide audience interested in the history of legal thought and wanting to deepen their knowledge about the connections between law and society.