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Brian Z. Tamanaha

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, 2008
St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0095

"What is law?" is an age-old question that has eluded resolution. This essay covers attempts to answer this question within legal theory and within the social sciences. It sets out three main categories of answers to this question and explains the limitations of each. It argues that a more fruitful approach would accept that there are multiple concepts of law.

The essay, which will serve as an entry for an encyclopedia, is intended as a concise overview for non-specialists, although it should also be useful for legal theorists and socio-legal theorists who are interested in the concept of law.

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Date posted: January 10, 2008  

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Tamanaha, Brian Z., Law. ; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0095. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082436

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