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The Practice of Principle: In Defence of a Pragmatist Approach to Legal Theory

Jules Coleman


This book expands the argument introduced in the Clarendon Lectures in Law presented at Oxford University in the fall of 1998. It introduces and attempts to sustain two different kinds of arguments; the aim is not only to defend a range of views of substantive issues in legal theory, but also to vindicate by example a certain methodological approach to such issues — an approach whose fundamental commitments are those of philosophical pragmatism. The book advances three main theses. Part I defends the view that the core of tort law is best understood as embodying the principle of corrective jus ... More

Keywords: tort law, principle of corrective justice, inclusive legal positivism, descriptive jurisprudence, philosophical pragmatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jules Coleman, author
Wesley Newcomb Hohfield Professor of Jurisprudence and Philosophy, Yale University.