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Pragmatism and Law

From Philosophy to Dispute Resolution, 1st Edition

By Michal Alberstein


376 pages

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Pragmatism and Law provides a textual reading of the American legal discourse, as it unfolds through various genres of pragmatism, which evolve and transform during the twentieth century. The historical narrative, which the book weaves, traces the transformation of the pragmatic idea from the forefront of philosophical intellectual inquiries at the turn of the twentieth century to a common sense lawyers’ practical rule of action at the turn of the twenty-first century. During this sequence, a fresh look at American history and legal history in particular is offered through the emphasis on recurring discursive structures which assume incommensurable treatments of basic liberal notions like justice, politics, and truth. Underlying the writing is an interpretative mode of inquiry, based on European post-structural methodologies, while claiming to represent their next intellectual phase. This contemporary mode of inquiry is that of a reading which insists on healing through the paradoxes. It is the same mode that sets, in the author’s view, the updated interpretative model of dispute resolution studies.

Table of Contents

Contents: The maturing of the pragmatic idea in law and society (or: the fall, and rise of philawsophy); Settled law and the law-is-not-but-ought-to-be: the pragmatic philosophy of dispute resolution (or: why couldn’t Henry Hart speak?); Taking sides: margins and phases of pragmatics of legal process disciplines (or: the pragmatists that we are); In search of the dispute: on lawyers and legal philawsophers at Harvard Law school (or: some private hope and public irony); From philawsophy to dispute-resolution (or: layers of mediation, and models of engagements in reality); Concluding notes; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Michal Alberstein, Bar Ilan University, Israel

About the Series

Law, Justice and Power

Law, Justice and Power
To speak about law is always and necessarily to be engaged in a discourse about both justice and power. While law's relationship to justice is everywhere contingent and uncertain, law completely divorced from power is unthinkable. And, while law need not be virtuous to be law, if it had no effect in the world it could hardly be said to merit the name law. Recognizing these facts, the series on Law, Justice and Power takes a broad view of legal scholarship.It publishes books by social scientists, humanists and legal academics which connect an understanding of culture's normative ideals with examination of the complex ways that law works in the world, insist that justice is inseparable from social practices and analyze law as one form of power, one way of constituting, controlling and changing the social world. It focuses on state law as well as law in communities and cultural practices and on identities and their articulation in and through law, on law's power in the taken-for-granted world, on its role in the complex construction of nation and national power and on global developments which today destabilize and transform the meaning and significance of law. The series invites innovative scholarship that crosses disciplinary as well as geographic and temporal boundaries.

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LAW / General