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Michael Freeman and Ross Harrison

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237159

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237159.001.0001

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The Educative Function of Law

The Educative Function of Law

(p.243) 13 The Educative Function of Law
Law and Philosophy

Brian Burge-Hendrix

Oxford University Press

Classical philosophers paid considerable attention to the connection between law and education. They held that one of the primary functions of a legal system is to make its subjects aware of the set of norms that structured social and political life, and to persuade them to follow those norms. Today, however, it is rare to find any jurisprudential analysis, consideration, or even awareness of the law-education connection. This chapter offers an explanation for the lack of a concern with the law-education connection and argues that for the philosophical importance of law's educative function. We should be concerned with that function not only because it merits a place in our philosophical understanding of law, but also because it demands consideration in many other academic disciplines and sub-disciplines concerned with legal systems and their effects, including political philosophy, moral philosophy, legal sociology, and legal anthropology.

Keywords:   law, education, philosophy

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