, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 107-110
Date: 25 Nov 2008

Brian Leiter: Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy

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Brian Leiter is familiar to virtually every philosopher in the English-speaking world and beyond. He is especially well known for his widely read blog, Leiter Reports, and even more for his compilation of the Philosophical Gourmet—a hugely popular and influential ranking of philosophy departments throughout the English-speaking world. Philosophers with no connections to his fields of expertise have become acquainted with him through his admirable efforts in the foregoing ventures.

Though Leiter has occasionally written in other areas of philosophy, his main fields of expertise are Nietzsche, legal philosophy, and meta-ethics. Within those fields (especially the first two), his work has been prominent and much esteemed. The volume under review deals only occasionally and passingly with Nietzsche, but it covers Leiter’s other two areas of specialization. While most of the book focuses on legal philosophy, its final few chapters—especially the antepenultimate and penultimate chapters—conce ...