Chapter 27. Legal Pragmatism

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Richard Warner Professor Director

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch27

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Warner, R. (2010) Legal Pragmatism, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 2

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 4

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • legal pragmatism;
  • pragmatism, making characteristic claims about justification and truth;
  • intellectual history - in part, history of rejection of old norms for new ones;
  • foundationalist versus nonfoundationalist views of law;
  • understanding Wright's rejection of pragmatism - in favor of foundationalism;
  • relativism of pragmatism - need not be sophomoric relativism of “anything goes”;
  • pragmatism and legitimacy;
  • Rortyan pragmatism - fundamental insight into nature of the law;
  • Wells's pragmatic nonfoundationalism - decidedly unpalatable for some

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Is Pragmatism?

  • Foundationalist versus Nonfoundationalist Views of the Law

  • Pragmatism and Legitimacy

  • Rejecting the Demand

  • References