19 hours ago
Notes on the Logical Sciences
They say that past institutional decisions are not just occasionally but almost always vague or ambiguous or incomplete, and that they are often inconsistent or even incoherent as well. They conclude that there is never really law on any topic or issue, but only rhetoric judges use to dress up decisions actually dictated by ideological or class preference. The career I have described, from the layman's trusting belief that law is everywhere to the cynic's mocking discovery that it is nowhere at all, is the natural course of conviction *10 once we accept the plain-fact view of law and its consequent claim that theoretical disagreement is only disguised politics. (9-10)Maybe it's just a verbal point, but the claim that the people who think the law is nowhere to be found are real law people sounds odd to me. But I suppose if you take them to be looking for real law, that's enough to make them realists of a sort. Okay.