What is legal philosophy?

  • (noun): The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do.
    Synonyms: jurisprudence, law

Some articles on legal philosophy, philosophy, legal:

Cass Sunstein - Views - Legal Philosophy
... Sunstein is a proponent of judicial minimalism, arguing that judges should focus primarily on deciding the case at hand, and avoid making sweeping changes to the law or decisions that have broad-reaching effects ... Some view him as liberal, despite Sunstein's public support for George W ...
Brian Leiter - Philosophy
... Leiter's scholarly writings have been in two main areas legal philosophy and Continental philosophy ... In legal philosophy, he has offered a reinterpretation of the American Legal Realists as prescient philosophical naturalists and a general defense of what he calls "naturalized jurisprudence ... In his writing on German philosophy, Leiter defends a reading of Nietzsche as a philosophical naturalist, most notably in Nietzsche on Morality (London Routledge, 2002 ...
List Of Harvard Law School Alumni - Academia - Legal Academia - Legal Philosophy
... Randy Barnett, libertarian legal theorist Ronald Dworkin, legal and political philosopher Richard Posner (LL.B ...
Conventionalism - Legal Philosophy
... Conventionalism, as applied to legal philosophy, provides a justification for state coercion ... of law constructed by American legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin in his work Law's Empire ... The other two conceptions of law are legal pragmatism and law as integrity ...

Famous quotes containing the words philosophy and/or legal:

    I am still a learner, not a teacher, feeding somewhat omnivorously, browsing both stalk and leaves; but I shall perhaps be enabled to speak with more precision and authority by and by,—if philosophy and sentiment are not buried under a multitude of details.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    It has come to this, that the friends of liberty, the friends of the slave, have shuddered when they have understood that his fate was left to the legal tribunals of the country to be decided. Free men have no faith that justice will be awarded in such a case.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)