Naturalized Methods for Jurisprudence: A Constructive Account
9 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 25, 2010
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
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