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van Eikema Hommes


Hendrik Jan van Eikema Hommes (3 May 1930 - 3 September 1984)  graduated from the VU, Amsterdam in 1961 after studying law (from 1953) and theology (from 1957). His thesis was on the revival of natural law. In 1965 he succeeded Dooyeweerd at the VU as a professor of philosophy and jurisprudence.

Bibliography (in English)


'Positive Law and Material-Legal Principles'; in Archiv fr Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie Vol. LXX 1984, Heft 2, blz. 153-172.

'The Development of Hans Kelsen's Concept of Legal Norm'; in Rechtssystem und gesellschaftliche Basis bei Hans Kelsen. (Rechtstheorie, Beiheft 5) Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 1984, blz. 159-178.

`Grotius' mathematical method'; in Netherlands International Law Review Vol. XXXI 1984, Issue 1, blz. 98-106.


Grotius on Natural and International Law Netherlands International Law Review 30(1) (May) 1983: 61-71

'The relevance of Poppers scientific method for legal theory'; in Rechtstheorie, 14. Band 1983, Heft 4, blz. 459-471.

The limits of the legal competence of the state', in Estudios de filosofia del derecho y ciencia juridica en memoria y homenaje al catedratico Don Luis Legaz Y Lacambra (1906-1980). Madrid, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales — Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Complutense, 1983, blz. 329-346.


Major trends in the History of Legal Philosophy. Amsterdam: North Holland, 1979.

          Greek and Roman conceptions of law  
          Medieval conceptions of law 
          Renaissance and Reformation: Machiavelli, Bodin, Althusius 
          Humanist theory of natural law. It's state-absolutistic variants 
          The humanist theory of natural law. Its individualistic currents 
          The idea of rational law ("rederecht") of Rousseau, Kant, Fichte and Hegel 
          The historical school of law 
          Legal positivism and general jurisprudence during the previous century 
          Some Neo-Kantian, Neo-Hegelian and phenomenological schools in modern legal philosophy 
          The historical-materialist theory of law and state 
          Some schools of modern sociology of law 
          American and Scandinavian "realist" theories of law 
          Some modern theories of natural law 
          Some existentialist and neo-positivist trends in modern legal philosophy 
          Towards a new understanding of the basic concepts of jurisprudence and of the relation between state and society.

'Towards a biblical review of "human rights" Theological Forum VII (December):15-17

"Legal order and legal principles" [pdf]


"The material idea of the law-state." Philosophia Reformata 43:49-60

"The law and positive morality." In Recht und Gesellschaft: Festschrift für Helmut Schelsky zum 65. Geburtstag ed. von Friedrich Kaulbach und Werner Krawietz. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.

State and Law — The limits of the legal competence of the state. Rechtstheorie 9(1):23-41.


"The limits to the legal competence of the state." Philosophia Reformata 41 (1976) 9-23.


"Freedom and equality in constitutional and civil law." In: Equality and Freedom: International and Comparative Jurisprudence. Papers of the World Congress on Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. St Louis, 1975. Vol. III, 1977, pp. 1085-1094.


"The functions of law and the role of legal principles." Philosophia Reformata 39:77-81.


"Some remarks on the relation between law and logic." Logical Analysis 14:165-169.

Book Review 'JA. Kraus, John Locke, empiricist, atomist, conceptualist and agnostic'; in Philosophia Reformata 36e jrg. 1971, blz. 194-195.


Bok Review ‘E.L. Hebden Taylor, The Christian Philosophy of Law, Politics and the State’. Philosophia Reformata 34:6-59.

Book Review 'James H. Olthuis, Facts, Values and Ethics'; in Philosophia Reformata 34:182-186.

Book Review 'Bernard Zijlstra, From Pluralism to Collectivism'; in Philosophia Reformata 34:180-182.