A Critical Guide to Vehicles in the Park

36 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2008

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Frederick Schauer

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: 2008


The 1958 debate in the pages of the Harvard Law Review between Lon Fuller and H.L.A. Hart is one of the landmarks of modern jurisprudence. And although much of the debate was about the relative merits of Hart's version of legal positivism and Fuller's brand of natural law theory, the debate also contained the memorable controversy about the fictional rule prohibiting vehicles from the park. By examining this debate, and by largely removing it from the surrounding controversy over positivism and natural law, we can still gain valuable insights about legal rules, legal interpretation, and the nature of legal language.

Keywords: jurisprudence, legal reasoning, interpretation

Suggested Citation

Schauer, Frederick, A Critical Guide to Vehicles in the Park (2008). New York University Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1143645

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