This thesis was inspired by developments in the philosophy of language and linguistics, where many argued that it was far less clear what words meant than we had often supposed.
These arguments had an influence on the thinking of the critical legal theorists, who came to argue that many or most legal questions did not actually beget an objective answer because it was often not clear what the language of law truly meant.
Instead, they interpret it to advance their group interests and marginalize the less powerful.
After trying to present their arguments as carefully as possible What is Critical Legal Studies?
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Nonetheless, most critical legal scholars held to a few central tenants.
The first tenant was some variation of what is often called the indeterminacy thesis.
Our focus is on publishing academic titles that contribute critical theoretical engagements with the world.
While critical legal scholarship is a natural centre of gravity, we are also interested in works that treat legal/juridical, political, social, aesthetic, etc, concerns in a trans- or para-disciplinary manner.