22 June 2012

NOTICE: Legal Theory Journal

Legal TheoryThe newest issue of Legal Theory is out.


Articles include: 


·         Jules Coleman and Alexander Sarch, ‘Blameworthiness and time'

·         David Plunkett, ‘A positivist route for explaining how facts make law'

·         Edward Song, ‘Acceptance, fairness, and political obligation’

NOTICE: Del Mar on New Waves in Philosophy of Law

We missed noting, last autumn, the publication of Maksymilian del Mar (ed), New waves in philosophy of law (2011). The online information notes: 

How will philosophy of law look in the 21st century? 

What principal concerns and central puzzles will animate future philosophers of law? 

What methods and resources will the next generation of legal philosophers draw and rely on?

This collection answers these questions by offering 11 new, cutting-edge essays, by leading young scholars. Each chapter challenges long-held assumptions in the field, and thereby presents brand new research paradigms for the discipline. Two to three chapters are included under each of the following 5 themes:

1) methodology and metatheory 
2) reasoning and evaluating 
3) values and the moral life 
4) institutions and the social life 
5) the global and international dimension

Special attention has been paid to encouraging links with other disciplines, including other areas of philosophy, as well as the social and natural sciences. A substantial introduction describes each contribution and discerns general themes that will shape the future of legal philosophy.

Contents include:

NOTICE: Croce on the Self-Sufficiency of Law

Mariano Croce, a Juris Diversitas member, has recently published the long-awaited (by me, at least) Self-sufficiency of Law: A Critical-institutional Theory of Social Order with Springer. It provides:
  • A complete overview of the most recent research outcomes in three areas, legal positivism, legal pluralism and legal institutionalism
  • Offers reasons for removing the barriers between philosophy, sociology and anthropology
  • Suggests important guidelines for empirical research and politics in Western and non-Western countries
The book is explained as: 

Self-sufficiency of Law: A Critical-institutional Theory of Social Order investigates the role of law, legal categories, and legal experts in the organisational dynamics of social collectivities. It demonstrates that law is a stable practice among publicly recognised experts who are called upon to select the 'normative facts' of a population, that is, the set of standards that are proclaimed as binding on the entire collectivity. At the very same time it argues that the legal field also serves as a special trans-sectional and insulated venue in which lay people can renegotiate social reality by means of law's special stock of knowledge and categories. To do this, the book proposes an integration of the recent research outcomes achieved in three different areas of study, namely, legal positivism, legal institutionalism, and legal pluralism. It examines, among others, the notions of rule, coercion, social practice and institution elaborated on by significant theorists in these fields, highlighting both the merits and flaws and ultimately advancing a notion of law that is able to account for the nature of the legal practice as a basic pillar of social order. This text also covers key guidelines for empirical research and political activities in Western and non-Western countries.

It's contents include: