‘Legal Theory Lexicon: Concepts and Conceptions’

“Some ideas seem to be endlessly debated. We might all agree that “justice” is a good thing, but some of us think that justice boils down to counting the utility of each individual equally, while others think that justice is a matter of respecting basic human rights. Utilitarians might all agree that maximizing expected utility should be the aim of right action, but disagree about what “utility” is. Most torts theorists might agree that causation between an act of the defendant and harm to the plaintiff is an element most or all forms of tort liability, but disagree about what “causation” means. One of the niftiest tricks in legal theory is to handle cases like this with the concept/conception distinction …” (more)

[Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog, 13 October]

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