Szabó András György: Man and law - Studia philosophica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 8. (Budapest, 1965)

ANDKÄ8 GYÖKGY SZABÓ MAN AND LAW Studia Philosophica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 8. What makes it theoretically possible to favourably channel the course of material processes, to employ them in achieving our subjective goals? In trying to answer this question the author analyzes natural and social processes. In an effort to formulate a dialectical concept of law which in­cludes even the accidental, he comes to grips with the mechanical dogmati о approach to determinism. Accordingly immanent fortuity as part of law makes it possible for man to affect the lawful trend of events positively. His comments on the specific character of social law are especially significant and have evoked a lively discussion in Hungarian philosophical circles. He holds that man’s material, practical activity has to be the starting point in trying to understand the immanent lawfulness of social processes. Social law is thought of whenever men are regarded as representatives of socially determined interests and the trend of the historical process (as the “result­ant”) is traced to the interaction of socially determined activities (taken as “vectors”). AKADÉMIAI KIADÓ BUDAPEST