In Pursuit of Pragmatic Legal Theory


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A critical review of Jules Coleman's The Practice of Principle: In Defence of a Pragmatist Approach to Legal Theory. Coleman's book has two principal objectives: to defend both Inclusive Legal Positivism and Coleman's influential views on the role of corrective justice in explaining tort law; and to show how philosophical pragmatism can usefully be employed in defending such views. In this article I both outline and critique the main elements of Coleman's book. I also explore ways in which some of its central arguments could usefully be modified or extended to solve related jurisprudential puzzles
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