Jurisprudence for Foxes

18 Pages Posted: 12 May 2012

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Leslie Green

Queen's University - Faculty of Law; University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

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

Suggested Citation

Green, Leslie, Jurisprudence for Foxes (May 11, 2012). Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22/ 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2056417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2056417

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Balliol College
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