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The Evolution of a Mood

Neil Duxbury

in Patterns of American Jurisprudence

Published in print July 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264910
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682865 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264910.003.0003
The Evolution of a Mood

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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

Chapter.  46796 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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