The Speluncean Explorers – Further Proceedings

16 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2010

Date Written: October 25, 2010


Lon L. Fuller’s The Case of the Speluncean Explorers is a classic in jurisprudence. The case presents five judicial opinions which clash with each other and produce for the reader an exhilarating excursion into fundamental theories of law and the state and the role of courts vis-i-vis legislatures and executives. Though the issues articulated by Fuller are timeless, the past thirty years in jurisprudential scholarship have produced at least one major new vantage point – the “rights thesis”.

Keywords: Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Rights Thesis, Case of the Speluncean Explorers

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, The Speluncean Explorers – Further Proceedings (October 25, 2010). Stanford Law Review, Vol. 32, 1980; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-67. Available at SSRN:

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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