Naturalized Methods for Jurisprudence: A Constructive Account

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Diana Richards

University College London, Faculty of Laws, Students; University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Date Written: January 25, 2010

Abstract

The current essay focuses on the methodological implications of Leiter’s naturalism. It takes Leiter’s challenge seriously and tries to identify scientific methods to be emulated in order to yield fruitful results. The main claim of this paper is that such methods already exist in social sciences, and an intelligent combination of them will give birth to satisfactory results. Nevertheless, the uncritical emulation of such methods might not be successful, as there are some specific features of the legal phenomenon which limit their applicability.

Keywords: Empirical Jurisprudence, American Realism and Naturalism, Legal Theory, Legal Anthropology, Sociology, Jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Richards, Diana, Naturalized Methods for Jurisprudence: A Constructive Account (January 25, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2000862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2000862

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