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The Theory of Rules

Karl N. Llewellyn and Fredrick Schauer


Karl N. Llewellyn was one of the founders and major figures of legal realism, and his many keen insights have a central place in American law and legal understanding. Key to Llewellyn's thinking was his conception of rules, put forward in his numerous writings and most famously in his often mischaracterized declaration that they are “pretty playthings.” This book presents his profound and insightful thinking about the life of rules. This book frames the development of Llewellyn's thinking and describes the difference between what rules literally prescribe and what is actually done, with the ga ... More

Keywords: Karl N. Llewellyn, legal realism, American law, rules, conventions, practices, writings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226487953
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226487977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl N. Llewellyn, author

Fredrick Schauer, editor