Knowledge and Aphasia: What is the Use of Skeptical Legal Education?
21 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 16, 2014
Law teachers at the university want students to develop a critical attitude. But what exactly does it mean to be critical and why is it important to be critical? How can a critical attitude be promoted? In this chapter, I intend to elucidate the role that critical thinking may play in legal education. To begin with, I will present the notion of skeptical legal education, which is inspired by Michael Oakeshott’s idea of liberal learning but which relativizes its insistence on the non-instrumentality of learning and reinforces its critical potential. Subsequently, I will address some critical questions that may be raised against this notion: Can everything be questioned? Should everything be questioned? And why need law students to be encouraged to be critical? Finally, I will show what the relevance may be of the suspension of judgment that skeptical legal education intends to bring about, both for the practice and the science of law.
Keywords: legal education, liberal learning, Oakeshott, critical legal education, CLS, Nussbaum, skepticism, deconstruction, Derrida
JEL Classification: I21, K10
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