Legal Philosophy in America
University of Minnesota Law School
THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY, Cheryl Misak, ed., Forthcoming
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-14
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: jurisprudence, legal realism, law and economics, Ronald Dworkin, Lon Fuller, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, critical legal studies, legal process
Date posted: February 21, 2008 ; Last revised: April 17, 2008