By John Henry Schlegel

John Henry Schlegel recovers a mostly neglected point of yankee felony Realism, a circulate in felony idea within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties that sought to carry the trendy concept of empirical technological know-how into the examine and educating of legislation. during this e-book, he explores person Realist students' efforts to problem the acquired thought that the research of legislations used to be essentially an issue of studying principles and the way to control them. He argues that empirical examine used to be indispensable to criminal Realism, and he explores why this sort of study didn't, ultimately, develop into part of American legislations institution curricula. Schlegel experiences the paintings of numerous popular Realists yet concentrates at the writings of Walter Wheeler cook dinner, Underhill Moore, and Charles E. Clark. He finds how their curiosity in empirical study was once a made from their own situations and demonstrates the effect of John Dewey's rules at the expression of that curiosity. in response to Schlegel, competing understandings of the function of empirical inquiry contributed to the gradual decline of this type of study through professors of law.

Originally released in 1995.

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