Jurisprudence for Foxes
18 Pages Posted: 12 May 2012
Date Written: May 11, 2012
This paper contests Brian Simpson's claim that HLA Hart's book, The Concept of Law, is that of a 'hedgehog,' that is, a monistic thinker. It is not. Hart's work is pluralist both in its explanatory concepts and in its evaluative background. Some conjectures are offered as to why Simpson so misunderstood Hart, and as to why analytic legal philosophy is misunderstood, or distrusted, more generally.
Keywords: philosophy of law, positivism, Brian Simpson, H.L.A. Hart, jurisprudence, pluralism, monism, Isaiah Berlin
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