Law and Social Theory: Three Problems
19 Pages Posted: 5 May 2014
Date Written: May 4, 2014
The article deals with three problems in the relation between law and social theory: (1) Competition between theories: How is the law supposed to make a selection if competing social theories give rise to mutually incompatible analyses of social phenomena? (2) Knowledge transfer: Can the results of social theories be directly applied within the law? Can social theories guide the selection of legal rules and sanctions? (3) Finally, there is the extremely difficult question of the normativity of social theories: Can normative criteria for legal practice be derived from social theories? The article uses the problem of the so-called publication bias – the commercial manipulation of medical research data – as an example.
Keywords: Law and social theory, sociological jurisprudence, theory catastrophe, knowledge transfer, normativity, publication bias
JEL Classification: K00, K10
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