Question about Law - Jonathan Westphal responds

Just what is the difference between a lawyer and a legal philosopher? Does the legal philosopher care more for metaethics and less for social norms? Response from: Jonathan Westphal A lawyer is
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Just what is the difference between a lawyer and a legal philosopher? Does the legal philosopher care more for metaethics and less for social norms? Response from: Jonathan Westphal A lawyer is someone who practises law, or perhaps studies it, an attorney (in the US) or a barrister or solicitor (in the UK) and might have little or no interest in the philosophy of law, or in the the concept of law in the abstract. A legal philosopher, on the other hand, is a philosopher, often or typically today an academic person, one who studies and perhaps contributes to the philosophy of law. The philosophy of law is one of the areas of philosophy (such as the philosophy of science, the philosophy of religion, ethics, the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and so on) in which one studies the question 'What is law?' - to be distinguished of course from the question 'What is the law?' which is not a philosophical question. Or a philosopher of the law might be interested in the question what it is. . .

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