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Patterns of American Jurisprudence$
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Neil Duxbury

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198264910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264910.001.0001

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The Evolution of a Mood

The Evolution of a Mood

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(p.65) 2 The Evolution of a Mood
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Patterns of American Jurisprudence
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Neil Duxbury

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264910.003.0003

This chapter provides a sense of what realist jurisprudence was actually about. It specifically explores an intellectual tendency. Whether or not that tendency was given the correct name—whatever that could mean—appears hardly of crucial importance. Discussion on social science and the law schools is also given. The social science sympathizers in the Columbia faculty began to see the American law school tradition in a fresh light. ‘Realism’ is an established piece of twentieth century Western intellectual currency. In the American social sciences, a distinct ethos of ‘realism’ developed as early as the 1870s, parallel with Langdellianism in the law schools. The early intersections between law and economics provide a clear illustration of this point. Realism had made a fairly fundamental influence on American jurisprudential culture.

Keywords:   jurisprudence, social science, law schools, realism, economics, jurisprudential culture

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