Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy

Paperback | April 22, 2007

byBrian Leiter

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Brian Leiter is widely recognized as the leading philosophical interpreter of the jurisprudence of American Legal Realism, as well as the most influential proponent of the relevance of the naturalistic turn in philosophy to the problems of legal philosophy. This volume collects newly revisedversions of ten of his best-known essays, which set out his reinterpretation of the Legal Realists as prescient philosophical naturalists; critically engage with jurisprudential responses to Legal Realism, from legal positivism to Critical Legal Studies; connect the Realist program to themethodology debate in contemporary jurisprudence; and explore the general implications of a naturalistic world view for problems about the objectivity of law and morality. Leiter has supplied a lengthy new introductory essay, as well as postscripts to several of the essays, in which he responds tochallenges to his interpretive and philosophical claims by academic lawyers and philosophers.This volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in jurisprudence, as well as for philosophers concerned with the consequences of naturalism in moral and legal philosophy.

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Brian Leiter is widely recognized as the leading philosophical interpreter of the jurisprudence of American Legal Realism, as well as the most influential proponent of the relevance of the naturalistic turn in philosophy to the problems of legal philosophy. This volume collects newly revisedversions of ten of his best-known essays, wh...

Brian Leiter is Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair and Director of the Law and Philosophy Program, The University of Texas at Austin

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:April 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: From Legal Realism to Naturalized JurisprudencePart I: American Legal Realism and Its Critics1. Rethinking Legal Realism: Toward a Naturalized Jurisprudence2. Legal Realism and Legal Positivism Reconsidered3. Is There an "American"Jurisprudence?Part II: Naturalizing Jurisprudence4. Legal Realism, Hard Positivism, and the Limits of Conceptual Analysis5. Why Quine is Not a Postmodernist6. Naturalism and Naturalized Jurisprudence7. Beyond the Hart/Dworkin Debate: The Methodology Problem in JurisprudencePart III: Naturalism, Morality, and Objectivity8. Moral Facts and Best Explanations9. Objectivity, Morality, and Adjudication10. Law and Objectivity

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`This book will confirm Brian Leiter's place in the front rank of legal theorists in the world today. Leiter is not just someone who writes well about what others have said. He has carved out a new path in legal theory, and set new standards for critical analysis and insight along the way.'Jeremy Horder, Law Commissioner for England and Wales and Professor of Criminal Law, Oxford University