The Boundaries of Law and the Purpose of Legal Philosophy

38 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2008 Last revised: 9 Oct 2009

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Dan Priel

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Abstract

Much contemporary analytic legal philosophy is concerned with trying to try and identify clearly the boundaries between law and non-law. In this essay I argue that this exercise is frought with theoretical difficulties. I then argue that even if it my earlier arguments are mistaken, there is little reason to think that we will gain much understanding about the law by engaging these intellectual endeavors.

Keywords: jurisprudence, morality, boundaries

Suggested Citation

Priel, Dan, The Boundaries of Law and the Purpose of Legal Philosophy. Law and Philosophy, 2008/09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1086389 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1086389

Dan Priel (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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