Response to Philip Blosser
St. Paul, the Natural Law, and Contemporary Legal Theory, Jane Adolphe, Robert Fastiggi and Michael Vacca, eds., Lexington Books, March 2012
13 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2012
Date Written: March 22, 2012
Jurisprudential· theories provide frameworks for understanding the nature of law and justice. Generally exclusivist, each portrays itself as the only valid explanation of law. Thus, legal positivism' portrays itself as antithetical to natural law theory. Legal positivism developed in different directions and inspired a variety ofkindred theories, such as legalism/formalism, legal realism, and legal process. In tum, these ideas attempted to monopolize legal theory, usually at the expense of natural law theory. To an extent, this is understandable because every generation confronts unique challenges, and in crafting solutions, prior theories seem outdated as they relate to different times and problems.
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