David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 29 (1):91 (2009)
I argue that there is methodological space for a functional explanation of the nature of law that does not commit the theorist to a view about the value of that function for society, nor whether law is the best means of accomplishing it. A functional explanation will nonetheless provide a conceptual framework for a better understanding of the nature of law. First I examine the proper role for function in a theory of law and then argue for the possibility of a neutral functional theory, addressing issues raised by Leslie Green, Stephen Perry, Michael Moore and John Finnis.
|Keywords||Philosophy of Law Functionalism Methodology Jurisprudence|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Kenneth M. Ehrenberg (2013). Functions in Jurisprudential Methodology. Philosophy Compass 8 (5):447-456.
Similar books and articles
Joseph Raz (2005). Can There Be a Theory of Law? In Martin P. Golding & William A. Edmundson (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory. Blackwell Pub.
Timothy A. O. Endicott (2001). How to Speak the Truth. American Journal of Jurisprudence 46 (1):229-248.
Roscoe Pound (1959/2000). Jurisprudence. Lawbook Exchange.
Philip Schofield (2011). Jeremy Bentham and HLA Hart's 'Utilitarian Tradition in Jurisprudence'. Jurisprudence 1 (2):147-167.
Joseph Raz (2009). Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason. Oxford University Press.
John William Salmond (1947). Jurisprudence. Toronto, the Carswell Company, Limited; [Etc.,Etc.].
David Brooke (2011). Jurisprudence. Routledge.
Frederick Schauer (2010). Was Austin Right After All? On the Role of Sanctions in a Theory of Law. Ratio Juris 23 (1):1-21.
Jonathan Crowe (2012). Natural Law Beyond Finnis. Jurisprudence 2 (2):293-308.
Neil McArthur (2005). David Hume and the Common Law of England. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 3 (1):67-82.
Michael S. Moore (2000). Educating Oneself in Public: Critical Essays in Jurisprudence. Oxford University Press.
Tetsuya Toyoda (2011). Theory and Politics of the Law of Nations: Political Bias in International Law Discourse of Seven German Court Councilors in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. M. Nijhoff Pub..
Agustín A. Gordillo (2003). An Introduction to Law. Esperia Publications.
Added to index2010-10-25
Total downloads224 ( #7,447 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)83 ( #16,370 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?