Capograssi, imperdonabile

Translated title of the contribution: Unforgivable Capograssi

Andrew Cecchinato*

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When reviewing the history of early twentieth century thought, it is not uncommon to read reflections concerning the crisis of contemporary states. Less frequent – but not unheard of – is coming across meditations regarding the very end of the state. Among the latter, those of Giuseppe Capograssi (1889-1956) stand out like a lightning flash, for the eschatological meaning they flare upon the relationship between statehood and the law. «All true research on the state is a profound meditation on its ending», he writes concluding the introduction of his first book in 1918. Like a seal yet to be broken, the claim envelops Capograssi's thought and invites readers to unravel the riddle of his jurisprudence. The article breaks that seal to show how – reflecting on the state’s ending – Capograssi understood religion to be the fulfilment of legal experience.
Translated title of the contributionUnforgivable Capograssi
Original languageItalian
Article number9
Number of pages41
JournalHistoria et Ius
Early online date15 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • Giuseppe Capograssi
  • Santi Romano
  • Walter Benjamin
  • State
  • Legal order
  • Law and religion


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