Interdisciplinary Reflections on Legal Method
Edited by Sanne Taekema, Bart van Klink and Wouter de Been
Chapter 1: Introduction: Facts, norms and interdisciplinary research
The introductory chapter aims to clarify current debates on facts and norms, by outlining different positions and the points of contention between them, and by mapping a number of strong theoretical positions on the relationship between facts, norms and values. These positions include the recent contributions to the debate on fact, norms and values by Brian Leiter and Hilary Putnam, as well as the recent insights from legal hermeneutics. These strong positions are meant to provide an overview, a broad vista, of current debates that can help us place the contributions in the other parts of the book. The aim is to sketch the setting of contemporary legal debates on the extent to which factual judgments influence normative judgments and vice versa.