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Elucidating Law Julie Dickson (Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford)

Elucidating Law By Julie Dickson (Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford)

Summary

In Elucidating Law, Julie Dickson addresses questions concerning the methodology of legal philosophy and advocates that legal philosophers should espouse an 'Indirectly Evaluative Legal Philosophy'. This approach can facilitate legal philosophers' understanding of aspects of the nature of law, without regarding law as inherently morally valuable.

Elucidating Law Summary

Elucidating Law by Julie Dickson (Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford)

What are the aims of legal philosophy? Which questions should it seek to address? How should legal philosophers approach and engage with their subject-matter, and what constraints are incumbent on them as they do so? What are the criteria of success of theories of law, and how do we know if they have been met? Can there be progress in legal philosophy? In Elucidating Law, Julie Dickson addresses these and other questions concerning the methodology, or the philosophy, of legal philosophy and offers her own distinctive response to them. The book advocates that legal philosophers should espouse an approach that Dickson terms 'Indirectly Evaluative Legal Philosophy.' This distinctive approach can facilitate legal philosophers' understanding of aspects of the nature of law, whilst avoiding prematurely or inappropriately regarding law as inherently morally valuable. Law is a powerful, systemic, and institutionalized social tool. It should be understood in a manner appropriate to its character.

About Julie Dickson (Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford)

Julie Dickson is Professor of Legal Philosophy in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in Law at Somerville College, Oxford. After completing an undergraduate law degree at the University of Glasgow in her native Scotland, and a D. Phil in Philosophy of Law at Balliol College, Oxford, she held lectureships at the University of Leicester and University College London before taking up her current post. Professor Dickson works mainly in general jurisprudence or philosophy of law, and especially on methodological issues such as the criteria of success of legal philosophy.

Table of Contents

1: Elucidating Law: Motifs and Motivations 2: Legal Philosophy and the Nature of Law: Some Initial Considerations 3: Legal Philosophy and the Nature of Law: Some Challenges Considered 4: The Questions of Legal Philosophy: Diversity, Development, and Distribution of Emphasis 5: Approaching Law: a Constraining Duality and an Attitude of Due Wariness 6: Self-Understandings and the Limits of Revisionism 7: Indirectly Evaluative Legal Philosophy: The Value of Staged Inquiry 8: Continuity and Complementarity in Legal Philosophy

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NPB9780198727767
9780198727767
0198727763
Elucidating Law by Julie Dickson (Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford)
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Hardback
Oxford University Press
2022-05-12
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