Legal Philosophy in America

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This article offers an overview of the major areas and approaches where American theorists have offered significant contributions to legal philosophy. The first section discusses American legal realism; the second section looks briefly at the legal process school; the third section gives brief overviews of law and economics and the other post-realist critical theories; the fourth section summarizes the approach of Lon Fuller; the fifth section examines the legal theory of Ronald Dworkin; and the fifth section summarizes some significant American contributors to schools of thought that originated in Europe, as well as American contributions to the analysis of legal concepts and doctrinal areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy
EditorsCheryl Misak
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577024
ISBN (Print)9780199219315
StatePublished - 2008


  • American legal realism
  • Legal concepts
  • Legal philosophy
  • Legal process school
  • Post-realist critical theories
  • Ronald dworkin


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