Legal Philosophy in America

THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY, Cheryl Misak, ed., Forthcoming

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-14

29 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2008 Last revised: 17 Apr 2008

Brian Bix

University of Minnesota Law School

Abstract

This article, written for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy, offers an overview of the most important American contributions to legal philosophy - American legal realism, law and economics, various critical schools of jurisprudence, Lon Fuller, and Ronald Dworkin - while speculating on what might be distinctive of American legal philosophy. One obvious recurring theme is a focus on practical application in general, and adjudication (especially constitutional adjudication) in particular.

Keywords: jurisprudence, legal realism, law and economics, Ronald Dworkin, Lon Fuller, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, critical legal studies, legal process

Suggested Citation

Bix, Brian, Legal Philosophy in America. THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY, Cheryl Misak, ed., Forthcoming; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1096207

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