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Reading Law<sup>*</sup>

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264835.003.0019
Reading Law*

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‘Reading law’ is the intellectual activity of studying and using various kinds of texts. This chapter has four propositions: the range of materials available for the study of law is much wider and more varied than orthodox Anglo-American practice suggests; attempts to broaden the materials often fails because of a lack of clarity of objectives and methods; tools for providing such clarity are readily available, they are called questions; and broadening the materials is illuminating and enjoyable. This chapter illustrates the potentials of a systematic approach to texts by considering two examples in more depth: by examining some newspaper articles and Lon Fuller's The Case of the Speluncean Explorers, as a vehicle for exploring the nature of legal theory. What constitutes worthwhile materials of law study stems from the view of legal theory as embracing a vast range of important issues at a number of levels of generality.

Keywords: law; legal texts; Lon Fuller; legal theory

Chapter.  12703 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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