The Practice of Principle: In Defence of a Pragmatist Approach to Legal Theory

Paperback | March 1, 2003

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Jules Coleman, one of the world's most influential philosophers of law here expounds his recent views on a range of important issues in legal theory. Coleman offers for the first time an explicit account of the pragmatist method that has long informed his work, and takes on the views of highlyrespected contemporaries such as Ronald Dworkin and Joseph Raz. The first part of the book builds on Coleman's well-known 'corrective justice' account of tort law, highlighting the sophisticated pragmatist methodology that he brings to bear on legal theory and pressing further his critique of the law and economics school of legal analysis. The second partadvances a new articulation of the jurisprudential view associated most closely with Coleman - Inclusive Legal Positivism. Many of Coleman's most controversial claims are here defended as part of a comprehensive new account of law as a conventional practice. The third part takes up the questionwhether conceptual analysis of the law - an approach that has long dominated philosophical thinking on the topic - is even possible. Rejecting recent arguments that it must be replaced by a normative or naturalized jurisprudence, Coleman defends his distinctive form of pragmatist conceptualanalysis.

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Jules Coleman, one of the world's most influential philosophers of law here expounds his recent views on a range of important issues in legal theory. Coleman offers for the first time an explicit account of the pragmatist method that has long informed his work, and takes on the views of highlyrespected contemporaries such as Ronald Dwo...

Jules Coleman is Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence and Philosophy, Yale University. He is the editor of the Journal of Legal Theory.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199264120

ISBN - 13:9780199264124

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IntroductionPart One: Corrective Justice: The practice of principlePart Two: Inclusive Legal PositivismPart Three: Conceptual Analysis

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`Review from previous edition ... an illuminating and enthralling read ... Among other virtues, The Practice of Principle presents perhaps the most developed statement of inclusive legal positivism to date. In doing so, it advances our understanding not only of that position, but also of thevarious positions arrayed against it.'Modern Law Review, 1 Sept 2001