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In this study, the historical backdrop proper from which the ideas of the Uppsala School emerged will be cast in the light of the history of jurisprudence (PartVII). Hence, historical facts traditionally used to describe and explain the genesis to a set of ideas (what they reacted against and represented,what their agenda was - the subject’s life - as well as the general social political, economic, religious, and intellectual factors of his day and age) will be eclipsed by the formal conditions to the genesis of these ideas, namely science in general, and jurisprudence in particular - which will thus serve as material to the historical setting of Hägerström’s philosophy.This inquiry will therefore have to be conducted as an investigation typical to those of the history of philosophy, but must due to the choice of subject (legal history, from a doctrinal point of view) endeavor to keep within a strictly legal, that is dogmatic, framework. Thus, the general historical backdrop of society will not be analyzed, nor will the moral or political expediency of the Uppsala School’s ideas be discussed and evaluated. The decisive reason against a moral or political analysis of Hägerström’s theories is that such discussions, since they can not be given a proper scientifically valid answer, are best left outside any scientific investigations and discussions. The different details, legal problems and issues, of Hägerström’s philosophy will therefore, as far as possible, only be connected to a specifically legal context, which is restricted to legal science insofar as its results are to be understood to constitute a source of law - that is doctrine, which is the case according to the Scandinavian legal tradition - thus connecting the investigation of the jurisprudential issues to the specific methods and conditions of legal argumentation according to the predominantly German origins of the Swedish tradition.The philosophical analysis and account of Hägerström’s philosophy will therefore constitute the prolegomenon and propaedeutics to the legal part of this study. a ca l l f o r s c i e n t i f i c p u r i t y 31 1. 4 corre spondence betwe en phi losophy and hi story, formal i sm and emp i rici sm