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By John Henry Schlegel

John Henry Schlegel recovers a mostly missed element of yank felony Realism, a circulation in criminal concept within the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties that sought to carry the trendy suggestion of empirical technology into the examine and educating of legislations. during this ebook, he explores person Realist students' efforts to problem the bought idea that the learn of legislations used to be essentially a question of studying principles and the way to control them. He argues that empirical study was once vital to criminal Realism, and he explores why this type of study didn't, ultimately, develop into part of American legislation tuition curricula. Schlegel studies the paintings of a number of renowned Realists yet concentrates at the writings of Walter Wheeler prepare dinner, Underhill Moore, and Charles E. Clark. He unearths how their curiosity in empirical examine was once a manufactured from their own situations and demonstrates the impression of John Dewey's rules at the expression of that curiosity. in line with Schlegel, competing understandings of the position of empirical inquiry contributed to the sluggish decline of this sort of examine through professors of law.

Originally released in 1995.

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