Lon L. Fuller, Pragmatic instrumentalism, Law and social science, Morality of Law
Jurisprudence | Legal History
The late Lon L. Fuller played an influential role in the development of American jurisprudence, but his views have not always prevailed. In this tribute to the memory of Professor Fuller, Professor Summers outlines the major tenets of what he perceives to be our dominant philosophy of law – “pragmatic instrumentalism” – by way of contrasting that philosophy with the views of Professor Fuller. Professor Summers concludes that these two philosophies differ in many important respects and that our dominant philosophy of law should accommodate, and may indeed already be in the process of accommodating, the thought of Professor Fuller.
Summers, Robert S., "Professor Fuller's Jurisprudence and America's Dominant Philosophy of Law" (1978). Cornell Law Faculty Publications. Paper 1351.
Published in: Harvard Law Review, vol. 92, no. 2 (December 1978).