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Theoretical Disagreements in Law: Another Look


Brian Leiter


University of Chicago

August 10, 2016

D. Plunkett, S. Shapiro, & K. Toh (eds.), ETHICAL NORMS, LEGAL NORMS: NEW ESSAYS IN MEATETHICS AND JURISPRUDENCE (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming)

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In "Explaining Theoretical Disagreement" (2009), I defended an answer to Dworkin's argument that legal positivists can not adequately explain disagreements among judges about what the criteria of legal validity are. I here respond to a variety of critics, in particular, Kevin Toh. I argue that Toh misrepresents Hart's own views, and misunderstands the role of "presupposition" in both Hart and Kelsen. I argue that a correct reading of Hart is compatible with the error-theoretic interpretation of theoretical disagreement I defended in 2009.

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Keywords: legal positivism, theoretical disagreement, H.L.A. Hart, Ronald Dworkin, Kevin Toh


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Date posted: August 31, 2016  

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Leiter, Brian, Theoretical Disagreements in Law: Another Look (August 10, 2016). D. Plunkett, S. Shapiro, & K. Toh (eds.), ETHICAL NORMS, LEGAL NORMS: NEW ESSAYS IN MEATETHICS AND JURISPRUDENCE (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2830732

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