A Dynamic Model of Interdisciplinarity: Limits and Possibilities of Interdisciplinary Research into Law

Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 010/2008

Tilburg Working Paper Series on Jurisprudence and Legal History No. 08-02

30 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2008  

Prof. Dr. Bart van Klink

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Sanne Taekema

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law

Date Written: June 9, 2008

Abstract

In the paper we will explore some of the major limits and possibilities of interdisciplinary research into law. In how far is the science of law open to insights from other disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, economics and literature studies? We will approach this question by confronting two contrary positions: pragmatism (Dewey) that argues for the fundamental comparability and compatibility of theories on the one hand and positivism (Kelsen and Luhmann) that points to the limits thereof on the other. Following on this debate, we will present a dynamic model of interdisciplinarity in which different types of interdisciplinary legal research will be presented, moving from the monodisciplinary towards a fully integrated interdisciplinary perspective. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of each type of interdisciplinary research into law will be discussed.

Keywords: interdisciplinary research, legal research, interdisciplinarity, Dewey, Kelsen, Luhmann

Suggested Citation

van Klink, Prof. Dr. Bart and Taekema, Sanne, A Dynamic Model of Interdisciplinarity: Limits and Possibilities of Interdisciplinary Research into Law (June 9, 2008). Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 010/2008; Tilburg Working Paper Series on Jurisprudence and Legal History No. 08-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1142847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1142847

Bart Van Klink

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Sanne Taekema (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

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