Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Three Approaches

THE FUTURE OF NATURALISM, J. Shook & P. Kurtz, eds., Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2009

U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 246

16 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2008 Last revised: 17 Nov 2008

Brian Leiter

University of Chicago

Date Written: October 23, 2008

Abstract

General jurisprudence - that branch of legal philosophy concerned with the nature of law and adjudication - has been relatively unaffected by the "naturalistic" strains so evident, for example, in the epistemology, philosophy of mind and moral philosophy of the past forty years. This paper sketches three ways in which naturalism might affect jurisprudential inquiry. The paper serves as a kind of precis of the main themes in my book NATURALIZING JURISPRUDENCE: ESSAYS ON AMERICAN LEGAL REALISM AND NATURALISM IN LEGAL PHILOSOPHY (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Keywords: jurisprudence, naturalism, legal realism, quine, epistemology

Suggested Citation

Leiter, Brian, Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Three Approaches (October 23, 2008). THE FUTURE OF NATURALISM, J. Shook & P. Kurtz, eds., Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2009; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 246. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1288643

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