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Schauer's Anti-Essentialism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2016 (English)In: Ratio Juris, ISSN 0952-1917, E-ISSN 1467-9337, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 182-214Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his new book, The Force of Law, Frederick Schauer maintains that law has no necessary properties (a position he calls legal anti‐essentialism), and that therefore jurisprudents should not assume that an inquiry into the nature of law has to be a search for such properties. I argue, however, that Schauer's attempt to show that legal anti‐essentialism is a defensible position fails, because his one main argument (the cognitive science argument) is either irrelevant or else incomplete, depending on how one understands it, and because the other main argument (the family resemblance argument) is false.

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2016. Vol. 29, no 2, p. 182-214
Keywords [en]
Schauer, philosophical analysis, force, essentialism, family resemblance, explication
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Philosophy
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Jurisprudence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160306DOI: 10.1111/raju.12123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160306DiVA, id: diva2:1248963
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-09-28Bibliographically approved

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