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Four Qualms about 'Legal Pragmatism'


Martin J. Stone


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; New School for Social Research -- Philosophy

October 8, 2013

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper Faculty research Paper No. 415

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I try to explain why I find “legal pragmatism” mostly useless in thinking about law. My qualms about “legal pragmatism” fall under four headings: (1) Empty eclecticism, (2) reductive instrumentalism, (3) “the primacy of practice” and (4) the metaphysically preservative recoil. Originally a talk at the 2012 Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, "Law and Pragmatism" Panel.

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Keywords: legal pragmatism, Posner, instrumentalism, primacy of practice, Wittgenstein, interpretation, pragmatic conceptualism

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Date posted: October 10, 2013 ; Last revised: December 17, 2013

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Stone, Martin J., Four Qualms about 'Legal Pragmatism' (October 8, 2013). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper Faculty research Paper No. 415 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2337600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2337600

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