Social Construction of Law

Potential and Limits

Elgar Studies in Legal Theory

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

This illuminating book explores the theme of social constructionism in legal theory. It questions just how much freedom and power social groups really have to construct and reconstruct law.

‘Giudice attempts to reconcile two positions seemingly in tension: that law is a social construction, yet it has a natural core. Law is both a social artifact and a natural kind (of a sort). When making this argument, he demonstrates that conceptual analysis must be supplemented by causal analysis, drawing on sociology, anthropology, behavioral neuroscience, and other scientific disciplines, as well as by moral and political analysis. His thesis and his method chart potentially fruitful paths for the next stage of analytical jurisprudence. This is a fascinating, ambitious, and important work.’
– Brian Z. Tamanaha, Washington University in St. Louis, US

‘Michael Giudice shows again the subtlety and clarity of thought we have come to expect from his work. This book is indispensable for anyone interested in understanding law, whether and how it is socially constructed, the method for understanding it, or the relation between its nature and our concept of it.’
– Kenneth M. Ehrenberg, Co-Director, Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, UK

‘For many years now, Michael Giudice has been an important and unique voice, reforming analytical jurisprudence from the inside. With this astute new book, Giudice once again shows, with his customary clarity and elegance, why it is vital to balance and relate analytical, empirical and normative aspects of theorising law.’
– Maksymilian Del Mar, Queen Mary University of London, UK

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