10 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2008
Date Written: May 1994
Coherentism, in philosophy generally, is of either an epistemological or a metaphysical type. The epistemological type responds to worries about foundationalism that have no serious counterpart within the philosophy of law. The metaphysical type is implausible generally, but has been put to use within the philosophy of law - by Ronald Dworkin in particular - to close up "gaps" in the law that provide an opening for purportedly worrisome exercises of judicial discretion. These remarks conclude with the suggestion that the conception of political legitimacy that underlies such worries is crude and unwarranted.
Keywords: coherence, coherentism, foundationalism, correspondence theory, Joseph Raz, Ronald Dworkin
JEL Classification: K00
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