Naturalism in Legal Philosophy

[Revised entry by Brian Leiter and Matthew X. Etchemendy on March 27, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The "naturalistic turn" that has swept so many areas of philosophy over the past
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[Revised entry by Brian Leiter and Matthew X. Etchemendy on March 27, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The "naturalistic turn" that has swept so many areas of philosophy over the past four decades has also had an impact in the in legal philosophy. Methodological naturalists (M-naturalists) view philosophy as continuous with empirical inquiry in the sciences. Some M-naturalists want to replace conceptual and justificatory theories with empirical and descriptive theories; they take their inspiration from more-or-less Quinean arguments against conceptual analysis and foundationalist programs. Other M-naturalists retain the...

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