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Defensor Fidei: The Travails of a Post-Realist Formalist

26 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2009 Last revised: 20 Sep 2015

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky

University of Missouri School of Law

Date Written: November 30, 2009

Abstract

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

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

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky (Contact Author)

University of Missouri School of Law

Missouri Avenue & Conley Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211
United States

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