Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Haack on the history of legal pragmatism
Susan Haack, University of Miami, takes up the history of legal pragmatism in a new paper, The Pluralistic Universe of Law: Towards a Neo-Classical Legal Pragmatism. Here's the abstract: After a brief sketch of the history of philosophical pragmatism generally, and of legal pragmatism specifically (section 1), this paper develops a new, neo-classical legal pragmatism: a theory of law drawing in part on Holmes, but also on ideas from the classical pragmatist tradition in philosophy. Main themes are the "pluralistic universe" of law (section 2); the evolution of legal systems (section 3); the place of logic in the law (section 4); and the relation of law and morality (section 5).