In this article, I analyse the real scope of the notion “spirit of the people” in F.C.v. Savigny’s legal thinking. I suggest that the appeals to the “spirit of the people” might be no more than a rhetorical camouflage which conceals a deeper commitment to a logical-systematic conception of law, in which an idealised version of Roman law as ratio scripta would play an important role
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