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Legal theory in the age of Google

Chapter


Abstract


  • What a very strange introduction to a book on legal theory. What

    hautboys, dumb-shows and Google have to do with the serious topic of legal

    theory (conventionally known as jurisprudence) is anyone's guess. And we won't

    tell you either, or at least not directly. A clue, though ... what do you do with

    these words? Interpret them as best you can? Look them up? Do you grumble

    to yourself that we haven't told you what these words mean? Look up an online

    summary to find out what legal theory 'really' is?

    There won't be much real legal theory in this chapter, or at least legal theories

    with 'names' or 'titles', like natural law, positivism, or the American Legal Realists.

    They will sometimes bob up, but they probably won't make too much sense yet

    if you haven't already come across them. Anyway, there is plenty of time to find

    out about them later. But feel free to go to the Index if you like to read ahead,

    or if you must, google them. But be careful who you trust, who you believe

    ... because legal theory is not just something to be cribbed quickly. It has an

    altogether much more important purpose.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Edition


  • 2

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2014). Legal theory in the age of Google. In M. Leiboff & M. Thomas (Eds.), Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices (pp. 1-29). Australia: Thomson Reuters.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780455231051

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1609

Book Title


  • Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 29

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • What a very strange introduction to a book on legal theory. What

    hautboys, dumb-shows and Google have to do with the serious topic of legal

    theory (conventionally known as jurisprudence) is anyone's guess. And we won't

    tell you either, or at least not directly. A clue, though ... what do you do with

    these words? Interpret them as best you can? Look them up? Do you grumble

    to yourself that we haven't told you what these words mean? Look up an online

    summary to find out what legal theory 'really' is?

    There won't be much real legal theory in this chapter, or at least legal theories

    with 'names' or 'titles', like natural law, positivism, or the American Legal Realists.

    They will sometimes bob up, but they probably won't make too much sense yet

    if you haven't already come across them. Anyway, there is plenty of time to find

    out about them later. But feel free to go to the Index if you like to read ahead,

    or if you must, google them. But be careful who you trust, who you believe

    ... because legal theory is not just something to be cribbed quickly. It has an

    altogether much more important purpose.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Edition


  • 2

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2014). Legal theory in the age of Google. In M. Leiboff & M. Thomas (Eds.), Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices (pp. 1-29). Australia: Thomson Reuters.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780455231051

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1609

Book Title


  • Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 29

Place Of Publication


  • Australia