Doctrinal basis of the Soviet law science —epistemological and praxeological dimensions

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The article considers the Soviet dissertation theoretical and legal doctrines as a scientific category with a set of specific features. The author draws attention to the fact that the massive layer of legal theoretical knowledge known as Soviet jurisprudence and the legal teachings reflecting the evolution of Soviet law are insufficiently studied in ontological and epistemological terms. In specific, the role, place, and significance of Soviet dissertation legal theoretical teachings are lacking in the literature. Moreover, the Marxist methodology of legal knowledge, which should be used in modern educational and scientific space, lacks clear assessment. The author analyzes the most important thesis on the theory of law, which reflect the ontological and methodological foundations of the Soviet law and legal theory presented in the theses. This article lays the basis and the vector of further development of Soviet jurisprudence. These dissertation doctrines are analyzed to further use them in the scientific research of laws and trends in the development of Soviet legal thought. The results of these analyses are crucial for the history of political and legal doctrines, general theory of law, and philosophy of law and can be used in other areas of legal (including industry) science, considering their interdisciplinary heuristic potential.

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Evgeni A. Apolski

Rostov Institute (branch) of the All-Russian State University of Justice (RPA of the Ministry of Justice of Russia)

Author for correspondence.

Russian Federation, Rostov-on-Don

PhD in Law, Head of the Department of Theory and History of State and Law

Andrei Yu. Mordovtsev

Rostov Institute (branch) of the All-Russian State University of Justice (RPA of the Ministry of Justice of Russia); Rostov branch of the Russian State University of Justice


Russian Federation, Rostov-on-Don

Doctor of Law, Professor of the Department of Theory and History of State and Law; Doctor of Law, Professor of the Department of Theory and History of Law and State

Aleksei Yu. Mamychev

Lomonosov Moscow State University


Russian Federation, Moscow

Candidate of Law, Doctor of Political Science, Head of the Laboratory for Political and Legal Studies, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Political Science on General Issues


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