Experimental legal philosophy: General jurisprudence

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This chapter offers an overview of experimental legal philosophy with a special focus on questions in general jurisprudence, that part of legal philosophy that asks about the concept and nature of law. Much of the experimental general jurisprudence work has tended to follow the questions that have interested general jurisprudence scholars for decades, that is, questions about the relation between legal norms and moral norms. Wholesale criticism of experimental general jurisprudence is scant, but, given existing debates about experimental philosophy generally, one can anticipate where disagreement is likely to occur. Outside of experimental general jurisprudence, there is plenty of vibrant discussion about how experimental results can enrich our understanding of various concepts that figure in everyday legal thought such as causa-tion, intention, consent, or meaning. In the future, experimental legal philosophers should continue to consider the degree to which their project is purely descriptive or whether it is revisionary or pragmatic in its ambitions. Also, future work might consider whether to focus more attention on legal experts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Compact Compendium of Experimental Philosophy
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783110716931
ISBN (Print)9783110716900
StatePublished - Nov 20 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities

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