The Theory of Rules

The Theory of Rules

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Karl N. Llewellyn was one of the founders and major figures of legal realism, and his many keen insights have a central place in American law and legal understanding. Key to Llewellyna€™s thinking was his conception of rules, put forward in his numerous writings and most famously in his often mischaracterized declaration that they are a€œpretty playthings.a€ Previously unpublished, The Theory of Rules is the most cogent presentation of his profound and insightful thinking about the life of rules. This book frames the development of Llewellyna€™s thinking and describes the difference between what rules literally prescribe and what is actually done, with the gap explained by a complex array of practices, conventions, professional skills, and idiosyncrasies, most of which are devoted to achieving a lawa€™s larger purpose rather than merely following the letter of a particular rule. Edited, annotated, and with an extensive analytic introduction by leading contemporary legal scholar Frederick Schauer, this rediscovered work contains material not found elsewhere in Llewellyna€™s writings and will prove a valuable contribution to the existing literature on legal realism.EDITORIAL NOTES All material in brackets was provided by the editor, and a set of empty brackets in the text is an ... Citation format for the footnotes and in the editora#39;s Introduction conform to the University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation.

Title:The Theory of Rules
Author:Karl N. Llewellyn, Frederick Schauer
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2011-04-01


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