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Law in ContextEnlarging a Discipline$
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William Twining

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198264835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264835.001.0001

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Reading Law *

Reading Law *

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(p.198) 11 Reading Law*
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Law in Context
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William Twining

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264835.003.0019

‘Reading law’ is the intellectual activity of studying and using various kinds of texts. This chapter has four propositions: the range of materials available for the study of law is much wider and more varied than orthodox Anglo-American practice suggests; attempts to broaden the materials often fails because of a lack of clarity of objectives and methods; tools for providing such clarity are readily available, they are called questions; and broadening the materials is illuminating and enjoyable. This chapter illustrates the potentials of a systematic approach to texts by considering two examples in more depth: by examining some newspaper articles and Lon Fuller's The Case of the Speluncean Explorers, as a vehicle for exploring the nature of legal theory. What constitutes worthwhile materials of law study stems from the view of legal theory as embracing a vast range of important issues at a number of levels of generality.

Keywords:   law, legal texts, Lon Fuller, legal theory

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