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Law: history of its relation to the social sciences

Murphy, Tim (2001) Law: history of its relation to the social sciences. In: Smelser, N. J. and Baltes, P. B., (eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier Science, Oxford, UK, pp. 8521-8526. ISBN 9780080430768

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Identification Number: 10.1016/B0-08-043076-7/00075-9


This section first considers a number of problems of definition which arise in relation to the terms law and legal science. The implications of two broad images of law—law as legislation, law as adjudication—are explored in order to sharpen the focus of the question of the relationship between law and the social sciences. Three specific aspects of that relationship are then discussed: (a) the relationship between law and legal theory and social theory; (b) the relationship of law to the interpretive and/or phenomenological branches of the social sciences; and (c) the relationship of law to the empirical or positivistic branches of the social sciences. In each case, the influence of law upon the development of the social sciences, and the limits of these influences, is considered.

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Additional Information: © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009 14:27
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:03

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