Disagreement and Proceduralism in the Perspective of Legisprudence

  • Woomin Shim
Part of the Legisprudence Library book series (LEGIS, volume 1)


It is generally insisted that the mission of legisprudence is to reduce disagreements in a society. However, disagreements are inevitable in law-making even when based on rationality. This can be explained in the context of proceduralism: Substance-based Proceduralism, Procedure-centered Proceduralism, and Disagreement-respecting Proceduralism. Most proceduralists, especially substance-based proceduralism and procedure-centered proceduralism, presume the conception of “pure procedure”. They try to find a way to reduce disagreements, but there ultimately occurs the exclusion of others. On the contrary, disagreement-respecting proceduralism denies the concept of the tangible pure procedure. This type of proceduralism acknowledges that there can always be disagreements which cannot be removed and also infinite regression in legislative argumentation. In this perspective, legisprudence should aim not to pursue the only rational law-making or remove disagreements, but to find a way of cohabitation among value disagreements. At this point, legisprudence holds the academic autonomy or distinction from other traditional legal dogmatics.


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  1. 1.National Assembly Research ServiceYeongdeungpo-gu SeoulSouth Korea

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