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p. 1076. Critical legal theorylocked

  • Raymond Wacks

Abstract

‘Critical legal theory’ examines how critical thought repudiates what is taken to be the natural order of things, be it patriarchy (in the case of feminist jurisprudence), the conception of ‘race’ (critical race theory), the free market (critical legal studies), or ‘metanarratives’ (postmodernism). The myth of determinacy is a significant component of the critical assault on law. Far from being a determinate, coherent body of rules and doctrine, the law is depicted as uncertain, ambiguous, and unstable. And instead of expressing rationality, the law reproduces political and economic power. In the view of critical legal studies, social justice is a hollow promise.

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