Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Law in ContextEnlarging a Discipline$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 May 2020

Reading Law *

Reading Law *

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

William Twining

Oxford University Press

‘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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .