Pluralistic Juridical Nihilism

16.1 Washington University Jurisprudence Review (forthcoming fall 2023)

13 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2023 Last revised: 28 Jun 2023

Date Written: January 9, 2023


This essay is largely an extract from my dissertation. It sets out and explains what I now call “pluralistic juridical nihilism.” In essence, I show that the entire history of jurisprudence has been a massive fraud. There is nothing out there in the universe with the word “law” written on its forehead. Rather, law is a word that represents a number of concepts that change depending on the context in which it is used. To some degree it supports the work of Dr. Glanville Williams on the subject but expands thereon by showing my own internal “pluralism.” In that, I mean that I (and others) may hold all theories of jurisprudence at the exact same time without any conflict whatsoever.

Keywords: Jurisprudence, law, philosophy of law

Suggested Citation

Warden, Derek, Pluralistic Juridical Nihilism (January 9, 2023). 16.1 Washington University Jurisprudence Review (forthcoming fall 2023), Available at SSRN: or

Derek Warden (Contact Author)

Louisiana Supreme Court ( email )

400 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States

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