August 14, 2008
How Far is the Science of Law Open to Insights from Other Disciplines?
In A Dynamic Model of Interdisciplinarity: Limits and Possibilities of Interdisciplinary Research into Law [SSRN] Bart Van Klink and Sanne Taekema (both at Tilburg) ask how far is the science of law open to insights from other disciplines? From the abstract:
We will approach this question by confronting two contrary positions: pragmatism (Dewey) that argues for the fundamental comparability and compatibility of theories on the one hand and positivism (Kelsen and Luhmann) that points to the limits thereof on the other. Following on this debate, we will present a dynamic model of interdisciplinarity in which different types of interdisciplinary legal research will be presented, moving from the monodisciplinary towards a fully integrated interdisciplinary perspective. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of each type of interdisciplinary research into law will be discussed.
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