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It is our pleasure to invite you to a Hart Seminar by Dennis Patterson: "Theoretical Disagreement, Legal Positivism, and Interpretation". This is an optional pre-read seminar, and the reading will be circulated one week prior to the event.

Abstract: Ronald Dworkin famously argued that legal positivism is a defective account of law because it has no account of Theoretical Disagreement. In this article I argue that legal positivism—as advanced by H.L.A. Hart—does not need an account of Theoretical Disagreement. Legal positivism does, however, need a plausible account of interpretation in law. I provide such an account in this article.

Dennis Patterson is a Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Surrey and a Professor of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University. A leading scholar in the field of Law and Neuroscience, he is the author or editor of several books including Law and Truth (OUP), as well as editor of the Oxford Introductions to US Law. He is also an expert in global trade law. He has received grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, The Humboldt Stiftung and three Fulbrights, and serves on the editorial boards of leading journals in legal philosophy. From 2009 - 2017, he held the Chair in Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy at the European University Institute in Florence.

Professor Patterson's seminar is part of our Hart Seminar Series, which features a diverse group of leading scholars working at the intersection of law and philosophy. Hart Publishing contributes generous support to make the seminar series possible.

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