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In the first part of the 20th century, a group of law scholars offered engaging, and occasionally disconcerting, views on the role of judges and the relationship between law and politics in the United States. These legal realists borrowed methods from the social sciences to carefully study the law as experienced by lawyers, judges, and average citizens and promoted a progressive vision for American law and society. Legal realism investigated the nature of legal reasoning, the purpose of law, and the role of judges. The movement asked questions which reshaped the study of jurisprudence and continue to drive lively debates about the law and politics in classrooms, courtrooms, and even the halls of Congress. This thorough analysis provides an introduction to the ideas, context, and leading personalities of legal realism. It helps situate an important movement in legal theory in the context of American politics and political thought and will be of great interest to students of judicial politics, American constitutional development, and political theory.
Justin Zaremby holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a J.D. from Yale University, where he taught political science and the humanities. Currently a practicing lawyer, his work has been published in various journals including the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Suffolk University Law Review, and Rutgers Law Review.
Acknowledgements Preface What is the Law? What is the Purpose of Law? What are Judges? Realisms After Legal Realism Responsibility and the Legal Mind Bibliography Bibliographic References Index
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