Volksgeist

Volksgeist is a German loanword (literally meaning `spirit of the people` or `National character`) for a unique `spirit` possessed collectively by each people or nation. The idea has its origins in the Romantic era and was proposed by Johann Gottfried Herder as a way of encouraging German-speaking peoples to forge a national and cultural ide...
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Volksgeist

(from the article `law, philosophy of`) For Savigny, law rests on the Volksgeist, or innate popular consciousness; law par excellence is customary law. He recognized, of course, that the ... ...or `immanence in the facts of social life` are by virtue of their ambiguity susceptible to misappropriation by absolutist governments....
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