26 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2009 Last revised: 20 Sep 2015
Date Written: November 30, 2009
This Article probes the philosophical and psychological attractions of formalism and suggests that its promise of stability and order may be essential to the effective functioning of the legal system, even if the promise can never be realized.
Keywords: jurisprudence, formalism, realism, pragmatism, adjudication, interpretation
JEL Classification: law
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Lidsky, Lyrissa Barnett, Defensor Fidei: The Travails of a Post-Realist Formalist (November 30, 2009). Florida Law Review, Vol. 47, No. 5, 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1515950