This volume examines five principal areas or directions of interdisciplinary study: economics, history, psychology, the epistemology of law, and the empirical study of law. These approaches are seen to interpenetrate and to compose a coherent body of legal theory.
The most exciting development in legal thinking since World War II has been the growth of interdisciplinary legal studies - the application of the social sciences and the humanities to law in the hope of making law less formalistic, more practical, better grounded empirically, better tailored to social goals. Judge Richard A. Posner has been a leader in this movement, and his new book explores its rapidly expanding frontier.
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"As both a federal judge and an author, Posner is well qualified to provide us with this timely overview of the leading trends currently guiding American legal thought. Promoting the concept of legal theory as a unified field of social science, the author delineates five areas for particular scrutiny: economics, history, psychology, epistemology, and quantitative empiricism. Posner cleverly argues for the transformation of the practice of law to an academic discipline by noting some of the inherent advantages... An empirical approach to the law can, the author claims, shed new light on issues such as campaign finance reform, free speech, and regulation of the Internet." - Philip Y. Blue, Library Journal"
About Richard A. Posner
Richard A. Posner is Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of a number of books, most recently, Public Intellectuals and Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy, both from Harvard University Press.
Frontiers of Legal Theory by Richard A. Posner
Richard A. Posner
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