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The Practice of PrincipleIn Defence of a Pragmatist Approach to Legal Theory$
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Jules Coleman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264124.001.0001

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The Pragmatic Method

The Pragmatic Method

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(p.3) Lecture One— The Pragmatic Method
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The Practice of Principle
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JULES L. COLEMAN

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264124.003.0002

This chapter discusses the basic elements of the pragmatic method. The method can be characterized in terms of five basic characteristics. These are (1) a commitment to semantic non-atomism; (2) the view that the content of the concepts is to be explicated in terms of their inferential role in the practices in which they figure (practical inferential role semantics); (3) the view that sometimes a philosophical explanation of a practice takes the form of showing how certain principles are embodied in it (explanation by embodiment); (4) the view that the way in which a concept figures in one practice influences its proper application in all others, and that, in this sense, practices are to be viewed holistically; and (5) a commitment to the in-principle revisability of all beliefs, categories, of thought, etc.

Keywords:   pragmatism, pragmatic method, legal theory, tort law

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