Law as an Autonomous Discipline

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This article considers claims about the 'autonomy of law'. These are that that legal reasoning is different from other forms of reasoning; that legal decision-making is different from other forms of decision-making; that legal reasoning and decision-making are sufficient to themselves, that they neither need help from other approaches nor would they be significantly improved by such help; and that legal scholarship should be about distinctively legal topics (often referred to as 'legal doctrine') and is not or should not be about other topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743832
ISBN (Print)9780199248179
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Autonomy of law
  • Decision-making
  • Legal profession
  • Legal reasoning
  • Legal scholarship


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