American Legal Realism and Empirical Social Science (Studies by John Henry Schlegel

By John Henry Schlegel

John Henry Schlegel recovers a mostly missed element of yankee criminal Realism, a circulation in felony idea within the Twenties and Thirties that sought to convey the trendy inspiration of empirical technological know-how into the research and educating of legislation. during this ebook, he explores person Realist students' efforts to problem the got idea that the examine of legislation was once essentially an issue of studying ideas and the way to control them. He argues that empirical learn used to be vital to felony Realism, and he explores why this type of learn didn't, eventually, turn into part of American legislation institution curricula. Schlegel stories the paintings of numerous favourite Realists yet concentrates at the writings of Walter Wheeler cook dinner, Underhill Moore, and Charles E. Clark. He unearths how their curiosity in empirical examine was once a made from their own conditions and demonstrates the impact of John Dewey's principles at the expression of that curiosity. in accordance with Schlegel, competing understandings of the position of empirical inquiry contributed to the sluggish decline of this sort of study by way of professors of law.

Originally released in 1995.

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