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Treves, Renato (1907–1992)

Born in Turin, Italy, of a Jewish family, Renato Treves devoted his first academic study to the diffusion of Claude Henri de Saint-Simon's (1760–1825) doctrines in Italy. He then turned his attention to German neoKantianism, with special regard for Hans Kelsen's (1881–1973) Pure Theory, whose first Italian-language version he edited.

Treves's contributions to this field earned him an invitation to lecture in Uruguay in 1938. At that time, with fascist race laws depriving him of his civic rights at home, he opted for voluntary exile in Tucumán, Argentina, where he taught both legal theory and sociology, added field research to his experience, and largely modified his scientific views. In Diritto e cultura (Law and Culture, 1947), the turning point of his writings, he rejected all ...

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