Kantorowicz, Hermann (1877–1940)

Hermann Kantorowicz, born in Posen (then part of Prussia, now Poland), grew up in Berlin. He studied law, philosophy, and economics in Berlin, Geneva, and Munich. Awarded a doctorate in 1900 in Heidelberg, he completed the Habilitation (postdoctoral dissertation) in 1907 in Freiburg. His progressive political views and willingness to give voice to them did not sit well with a decidedly conservative German professoriate, leading to difficulties in his acquiring a professorship. Despite these difficulties, he became widely recognized in specialized academic circles as an accomplished medievalist, legal historian, legal philosopher, legal sociologist, and scholar in criminal law. Finally, after a long stint as lecturer and then associate professor at the University of Freiburg, he was appointed to a chair, at age 51, at the ...

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