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Att beskriva rätten: En kommentar till försök att ge en generell beskrivning av rätten
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2004 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
To describe law : A comment regarding attempts to give a general description of law (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis suggests that it is reasonable to ask why we should try to give a general description of law. It attempts to turn our attention away from general descriptions of the law, to the approach that has made us present and use such descriptions. This shift of attention is suggested by the difficulties encountered in our attempts to agree upon any of the proposed descriptions. The thesis presents an alternative approach to law. With the alternative approach we must question the use of assuming that law is something we can describe in general terms.

The alternative approach is also supported by a critique of some widely spread conceptions of meaning, truth and reality. By showing how a pragmatic conception of truth and reality can be consistent and how it helps us focus on the most relevant matters, these arguments offer additional reasons for the change of approach.

This change can liberate practise of law from the grip of theorists trying to force law into a mould more appropriate in natural science. The use of theory and philosophy in law is strongly questioned and the frequent need for profoundly difficult judgements is acknowledged.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. , 170 p.
Keyword [en]
Keyword [sv]
Allmän rättslära, allmän rättslära, epistemologi, postmodernism, pragmatism, relativism, rättsfilosofi, skepticism
National Category
Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-4634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-4634DiVA: diva2:165319
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2004-11-02, Sal IV, Universitetshuset, 14:15
Available from: 2004-10-08 Created: 2004-10-08Bibliographically approved

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