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PodgóRecki, Adam (1925–1998)

Adam Podgórecki was a pioneer of Polish sociology of law after World War II. He received a doctorate in law and a master's degree in sociology at Jagiellonion University in Krakow. Inspired by Leon Petrażycki's (1867–1931) ideas on law and society and Maria Ossowska's (1896–1974) pioneering work in the sociology of morality, he was not a simple follower but creative and critical in testing and applying Petrażycki's concepts. He had broad interests in law, philosophy, ethics, literature, and music.

He joined Warsaw University after the political liberalization in Poland in 1956. In 1972, Podgórecki cofounded the first university department in Poland devoted to sociolegal studies. It was the biggest sociological institute in communist central Europe. He developed a pioneering research program in the sociology of law, ...

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