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Entering the perennial debate about the role and definition of law, Raymond Belliotti presents a critical survey of a number of philosophical approaches to law and judicial decision-making. Confronting the conflicting orientations represented by legal formalism and legal realism, he discusses the relationship between law and society. For a decision such as Roe v. Wade, the differing justifications by formalists and realists can affect policy interpretations as well as legal challenges. The application of an implicit right to privacy versus the attempt to enact policy that deals with a social problem and the acceptance of judicial innovation demonstrates how sometimes opposing arguments can reach the same legal decision. While providing his own account of law, Belliotti takes seriously the legal critiques inspired by Marxism and feminism and illustrates how traditional philosophical problems and methods plague legal theory. He also shows the impasses to which our argumentation strategies lead and suggests ways we might transcend those dead ends. Raymond A. Belliotti is Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York at Fredonia.
|Publication date:||1st January 1994|
|Author:||Raymond A. Belliotti|
|Publisher:||Temple University Press,U.S.|
|Categories:||Jurisprudence & philosophy of law,|
Raymond A. Belliotti is Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York at Fredonia.More About Raymond A. Belliotti