Professor Brian Tamanaha Publishes New Book, “Sociological Approaches to Theories of Law”

Professor Brian Tamanaha, the John S. Lehmann University Professor, has recently authored a new book published by Cambridge University Press. Now through June 1, readers may access an online version of the book for free here.

At a succinct 60 pages, per the summary on the publisher’s website, the book “applies empirical insights to examine theories of law proffered by analytical jurisprudents. The topics covered include artifact legal theory, law as a social construction, idealized accounts of the function of law, the dis-embeddeness of legal systems, the purported guidance function of law, the false social efficacy thesis, missteps in the quest to answer ‘What is law?’, and the relationship between empiricism and analytical jurisprudence.”