Analytical jurisprudence


Philosophical approach to law that draws on the resources of modern analytical philosophy to try to understand its nature.

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Theoretical study of the propriety of law.

Philosophers of law ask "what is law, and what should it be?"
Aristotle, by Francesco Hayez
Thomas Aquinas was the most influential Western medieval legal scholar.
Bentham's utilitarian theories remained dominant in law until the twentieth century.
Oliver Wendell Holmes was a self-styled legal realist.
Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), a detail of The School of Athens
Mill believed law should create happiness.

Analytic jurisprudence (Clarificatory jurisprudence) rejects natural law's fusing of what law is and what it ought to be.

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Analytic jurisprudence

Political jurisprudence

Legal theory that some judicial decisions are motivated more by politics than by unbiased judgment.

Philosophers of law ask "what is law, and what should it be?"

Legal decisions are no longer focused on a judge's analytical analysis (as in Analytical jurisprudence), but rather it is the judges themselves that become the focus for determining how the decision was reached.

The Concept of Law

1961 book by the legal philosopher H. L. A. Hart and his most famous work.

First edition

Hart sought to provide a theory of descriptive sociology and analytical jurisprudence.

Library of Congress Classification:Class K -- Law

Classification used by the Library of Congress Classification system.

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237-264.........The concept of law

Balboa High School (California)

American public high school located near the Excelsior District in the Mission Terrace neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

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LAW: The Law Academy prepares 11th and 12th grade students for college and career with a focus on justice. By encouraging students to challenge and reflect on their coursework in American history, American literature, and Pre-law; students develop an awareness of community and interdependence. Students will build analytical and problem solving skills by identifying a need or issue in a community and addressing it.

Jan Woleński

Polish philosopher specializing in the history of the Lwów–Warsaw school of logic and in analytic philosophy.

Woleński, 2009

He looked to analytical jurisprudence in the United Kingdom, and with the guidance of Professor Kazimierz Opalek, in 1968 he produced his thesis.

Index of philosophy of law articles

Index of articles in jurisprudence.

Philosophers of law ask "what is law, and what should it be?"

Analytical jurisprudence

William Twining

Emeritus Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London, having held the post until 1996.

The London University as drawn by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd and published in 1827–1828 (now the UCL Main Building)

Central themes of Twining's contributions to legal matters include the variety and complexity of legal phenomena; the proposition that many so-called “global” processes and patterns are sub-global, linked to empires, diasporas, alliances, and legal traditions; that diffusion, legal pluralism, and surface law are important topics for both analytical and empirical jurisprudence; that, in a world characterized by profound diversity of beliefs and radical poverty, the discipline of law needs to engage with problems of constructing just and workable supra-national institutions and practices; and that adopting a global perspective challenges some of the main working assumptions of Western traditions of academic law.

Zygmunt Ziembiński

Polish legal philosopher, logician and one of the most prominent theoreticians of law in Poland in the second half of the 20th century.

Ziembiński belongs to the Poznań school of legal theory and is known for developing a theory of law defined as a theory of legal phenomena, which covered both logical-linguistic as well as real aspects of law.