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Tom Morawetz's Robust Enterprise: Jurisprudence after Wittgenstein

Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 29, p. 140, 2006

U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 06-01

Posted: 27 Feb 2006  

Thomas D. Eisele

University of Cincinnati - College of Law

Abstract

I examine one theme within Tom Morawetz's complex jurisprudential work (stemming from Wittgenstein): the concept of a practice. After considering this theme in some detail, I then sketch a different jurisprudential approach that still proceeds within the inspiration of Wittgenstein's later philosophy. Here, I summarize Stanley Cavell's elaborate recounting of Wittgenstein's twin concepts, criteria and grammar. In a third and final section, I employ this alternative method to provide a brief example of how a Wittgensteinian approach might be made toward explicating and understanding Holmes' classic claim regarding the need in jurisprudence to separate legal and moral concepts.

Keywords: Jurisprudence, Wittgenstein, Philosophy

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Eisele, Thomas D., Tom Morawetz's Robust Enterprise: Jurisprudence after Wittgenstein. Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 29, p. 140, 2006; U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 06-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=886558

Thomas D. Eisele (Contact Author)

University of Cincinnati - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
United States

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