1 Lon L Fuller, `The Case of the Speluncean Explorers’ 2 See, eg, Jordi Ferrer Beltr n and Giovanni Battista Ratti (eds), The Logic of Legal Requirements. articles were Henry Hart’s famous dialogue2 and Lon Fuller’s presen- tation of the case of the speluncean explorers.3 They still are. Why is that so? Perhaps one. Tags: legal theory, judicial decisions, Speluncean Explorers . the force of legal theories in action is Lon Fuller’s The Case of the Speluncean

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Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to ufller this chart. Ccase draws analogies to servants who need to “read between the lines” of their masters’ instructions; strict literal compliance may not always be the actual intention. The judge counters tuller objections of judicial activism by suggesting that although judges must obey the will of legislators, they must do so intelligently. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

In contrast to the other judges, Justice Handy prefers to use a “pragmatic, common-sense approach”, rather than abstract legal theories, to resolve the case. After the four survivors are rescued, they are charged and found guilty of the murder of the fifth explorer.

The mandatory sentence for murder in Newgarth is death by hanging.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for fxplorers Web. Retrieved from ” https: They learn via intermittent radio contact that, without food, they are likely to starve to death before they can be rescued.


The Case of the Speluncean Explorers

History of Western Philosophy. Radio contact is eventually established with the cavers on the 20th day of the cave-in, and the cavers learn that another 10 days would be required in order to free them.

Before the dice are cast, Whetmore allegedly expresses a wish to withdraw from the arrangement, preferring to wait another week “before embracing an expedient so frightful and odious”.

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Both the trial judge and members of the jury petition the Chief Executive to commute the sentence of o surviving spelunkers from the death penalty to six months’ imprisonment. Charlesworth – – The Classical Review 44 Two other judges overturn the convictions; one focuses on “common sense” and the popular will while the other uses arguments drawn from the natural law tradition, emphasizing the purposive approach.

Judges can find an exception to the law by implication, as the Courts had earlier cae with self-defense. If this Court declares that under our law fuller men have committed a crime, then our law is itself convicted in the tribunal of common sense, no matter what happens to the individuals involved in this petition of error.

English Choose a language for shopping. In the 50 years following the article’s publication, a further 25 hypothetical judgments were written by various authors whose perspectives include natural law theory, consequentialismplain meaning positivism apeluncean textualismpurposivism, historical contextualism, realism, pragmatism, critical legal studiesfeminismcritical race theoryprocess theory and minimalism. Marek Krawczyk – – Dialogue and Universalism 21 2: I believe something more is on trial in this case than the fate of these unfortunate explorers; that is the thd of our Commonwealth.


Each differs in its reasoning and on whether the survivors should be found guilty of breaching the law. He criticizes the other judges for failing to distinguish the legal from the moral aspects of the case. This article has no associated abstract. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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Peter Drecker – – Topos He is subsequently killed and eaten. Sign in to use this feature. Feteris – – Argumentation 19 4: Views Read Edit View history. Find it on Scholar. Explorers of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. Radio contact is subsequently lost. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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