Understanding the Nature of Law

A Case for Constructive Conceptual Explanation

Elgar Studies in Legal Theory

Michael Giudice, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, York University, Canada

Understanding the Nature of Law explores methodological questions about how best to explain law. Among these questions, one is central: is there something about law which determines how it should be theorized? This novel book explains the importance of conceptual explanation by situating its methods and goals in relation to, rather than in competition with, social scientific and moral theories of law.

‘This is a superb book. Taking up the important debate on the role of conceptual analysis in legal theory, Giudice carefully articulates the competing positions and presents a clear-eyed and perspicuous account of conceptual analysis. This book is essential reading for anyone in legal theory.’
– Dennis Patterson, European University Institute, Italy

2015 264 pp Hardback 978 1 78471 880 0 £89.00 £80.10 $129.00 $116.10

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