Philosophy of the Law

Definition - What does Philosophy of the Law mean?

Philosophy of the law, which is also known as legal philosophy, is a discipline devoted to the analysis of the law and related issues. It is divided into three areas, each of which is dedicated to the analysis of different topics. These branches are known as:

  1. Analytic jurisprudence
  2. Normative jurisprudence
  3. Critical theories of law

Justipedia explains Philosophy of the Law

Philosophy of law generally includes assessment of what defines the law, assessment of various issues associated with punishment, analysis of the ways in which people are compelled to obey the law, and evaluation of how laws constrain personal liberty.

Although they are often made in a general context, these assessments help promote a greater understanding of related concepts, such as truth, intention, rights and justice. By doing so, they also provide insight crucial to the fair and efficient disposition of criminal and civil matters.

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