Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator.

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This Essay embarks on a metatheoretical project to provide a unifying philosophical framework for pluralistic legal theories. Put differently, it seeks to identify a structural common denominator for all pluralistic theories of law. The Essay first rejects the notion of complementarity coined by Nobel Prize laureate Niels Bohr and applied to legal theory by Izhak Englard. It then advocates the allegedly Thomist aphorism hominem unius libri timeo ("I fear the man of a single book") and connects it to Isaiah Berlin's renowned distinction between the hedgehog and the fox. The primary aim is intellectual, although--as is always the case with intellectual projects--future practical implications cannot be ruled out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-669
Number of pages23
JournalTulane Law Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • BOHR, Niels, 1885-1962
  • ENGLARD, Izhak
  • LEGAL pluralism


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