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What is Legal Philosophy?, 2 American Legal Studies Association Forum 5 (1977)


The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship of philosophy to law: to acquaint the reader with the subject matter of legal philosophy by explaining what in law attracts the ohilosophic mind and how philosophic investigation of the law may inform both disciplines. These brief remarks should not be construed as exhaustive. Indeed, philosophy of law has changed so in method and substance in the last few years that any attempt to define its boundaries at this time would no doubt prove at a later date to be a source of embarrassment. In what follows I wil1 discuss some of both the traditional and more recent concerns of legal philosophy. In doing so, I hope to shed at least indirect light on the role of philosophy in academic legal studies programs.

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