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Legal Realism Regained: Saving Realism from Critical Acclaim

Wouter de Been


This book presents a comparison between the legal realists, a group of pragmatic legal theorists from the 1920s and 1930s, and critical legal studies, a movement of postmodern legal theory during the end of the twentieth century. It argues for a return to legal realism and the classical pragmatism of John Dewey and William James, and for a rejection of the postmodern critique of critical legal studies. The book discusses the two movements with respect to three topics: their view of history, their view of social science, and their view of language. Rejecting the claim that critical legal studie ... More

Keywords: legal realism, pragmatic legal theorists, critical legal studies, postmodern legal theory, classical pragmatism, John Dewey, William James, history, social science, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804756594
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wouter de Been, author