The Pragmatist Tradition: Lessons for Legal Theorists
19 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2018
Date Written: 2018
Haack begins by sketching the origins and evolution of pragmatism in enough detail to convey some sense both of the predilections and attitudes that the old pragmatists shared, and of the enormous variety of their ideas (Part I); then, explores Oliver Wendell Holmes’s and other legal thinkers’ role in this story (Part II); next, looks briefly at how some influential forms of neo- or, more exactly, pseudo-pragmatism have distorted our understanding, and weakened our appreciation, of this tradition (Part III); and finally articulates some of the lessons those old pragmatists might teach us about the scope and the growth of law (Part IV).
Keywords: pragmatism, Oliver Wendell Holmes, law
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