Jurisprudence: Law & Truth
The central focus of this seminar is on Dennis Patterson’s book, Law and Truth (Oxford paperback) and related readings.
In working our way to Patterson’s account of truth in law, we will be examining correspondence, coherence, pragmatic, deflationary and other
theories of truth, including realism and anti-realism in legal theory, moral realism and truth in law, legal positivism and truth in law, Dworkin’s account of law as interpretation in Law’s Empire, and law as an ‘interpretive community’ in the work of Stanley Fish.
Grades are based largely on the take-home exam, class participation, and several one-page papers that test reading comprehension. Details of the paper option will be described in the syllabus.