Naturalism in the Legal Sciences
The aim of this project is to develop such a foundation and to question the basic tenets of normativism. The goal is to develop a naturalistic theory of law, which will provide legal scholars with a naturalistic method for legal methodology and doctrine that enables them to make use of the findings of the empirical sciences – the cognitive sciences, in particular – to analyze legal concepts and reasoning structures.
This naturalistic legal theory will differ substantially from existing “naturalistic” approaches in the legal sciences. Drawing from W.V.O. Quine’s philosophical naturalism, the goal of the project is to sketch a means of establishing conceptual and methodological continuity between the disciplines instead of reflexively replacing legal concepts and methods with those of the natural sciences.