"Brian Tamanaha's thesis that pragmatism is essential because it is empty has the air of a paradox when first asserted; but in an elegantly persuasive argument he turns the paradox into a source of rich insight into almost every question legal theory has vexed itself with over the past twenty-five years."--Stanley Fish
"This book provides a useful, and at times provocative, review of recent developments in legal theory....It is well written, ably argued, and generally knowledgeable. It treats controversial topics forthrightly. For law and politics specialists who may not often tread onto legal theory ground, it is an excellent review of the legal theory literature....For those who consider themselves socio-legal scholars, of whatever epistemological persuasion, it should provide a worthwhile venture into familiar debates rendered from a perspective that owes allegiance to no side."--Law and Politics Book Review
"If the social scientific study of law has a future, it must go beyond the Scylla of empiricism and the Charybdis of empty theorizing. This book shows how this is possible."--Dennis Patterson, Distinquished Professor, Rutgers University School of Law, and author of Law and Truth (OUP, 1996)
About the Author
Brian Z. Tamanaha teaches law at St. John's University School of Law, New York City.