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Jurisprudence or Legal Science?


ISBN13: 9781841135045
ISBN: 1841135046
Published: May 2005
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00



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Modern jurisprudence embodies two distinct traditions of thought about the nature of law. The first adopts a scientific approach which assumes that all legal phenomena possess universal characteristics that may be used in the analysis of any type of legal system.

The main task of the legal philosopher is to disclose and understand such characteristics, which are thought to be capable of establishment independently of any moral or political values which the law might promote, and of any other context-dependent features of legal systems. Another form of jurisprudential reflection views the law as a complex form of moral arrangement which can only be analysed from within a system of reflective moral and political practices.

Rather than conducting a search for neutral standpoints or criteria, this second form of theorising suggests that we uncover the nature and purpose of the law by reflecting on the dynamic properties of legal practice. Can legal philosophy aspire to scientific values of reasoning and truth? Is the idea of neutral standpoints an illusion? Should legal theorising be limited to the analysis of particular practices? Are the scientific and juristic approaches in the end as rigidly distinct from one another as some have claimed?

Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction
George Pavlakos and Sean Coyle
1. Two Concepts of Legal Analysis
Sean Coyle
2. The Truth of Legal Analysis
Jonathan Gorman
3. The Nature of Legal Philosophy
Robert Alexy
4. Method in Law: Revision and Description
Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco
5. Normative Knowledge and the Nature of Law
George Pavlakos
6. Law’s Claim to Correctness
Carsten Heidemann
7. Can Jurisprudence Without Empiricism Ever be a Science?
Philip Leith and John Morison