Chapter 43. Methodology

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. Andrew Halpin

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch43

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

Halpin, A. (2010) Methodology, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch43

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. Head of School and Professor of Legal Theory at Swansea University School of Law, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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:

  • methodology, becoming widespread within legal theory;
  • emerging interests in methodology;
  • general methodology debate in jurisprudence - Julie Dickson's influential book;
  • Dworkin's choice of two methodologies;
  • Dickson's third way - path between purely descriptive and normative methodologies;
  • “indirect evaluation” - being contrasted with direct evaluation issues;
  • Dworkin's Law and language - conceptualizing law can itself be recast as a semantic approach;
  • normative/descriptive divide;
  • use of methodology - identifying legal theory with intellectual inquiry

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Emerging Interest in Methodology

  • Particular Arguments

  • Particular Topics

  • A Concluding Overview

  • References