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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The judge cites the case of Commonwealth v Valjean[b] in which starvation was held not to justify the theft of a loaf of bread, let alone homicide. The cavers are ultimately convicted of murder. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Harvard Law Review Narendra Kumar Dash – – In R. Hall – – Tradition and Discovery 27 sppeluncean Principal purpose of the criminal law — deterrence — would not be served by convicting the defendants.

Justice Keen objects vehemently to Justice Foster’s purposive approach allowing the plain words of the law to be ignored.

He 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. Share your thoughts with other customers. Request removal from index. He states that “almost every consideration that bears on the decision of the case is counterbalanced by an opposing consideration leading in the opposite direction.

For us to assert that the law we uphold and expound compels us to a conclusion we are ashamed of, and from which we can only escape by appealing to a dispensation resting within the personal whim of the Executive, seems to me to amount to an admission that the law of this Commonwealth no longer pretends to incorporate justice.


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Charlesworth – speluncsan The Classical Review 44 I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Justice Keen recalls that earlier instances of judicial activism in Newgarth had ultimately led to civil warwhich established the supremacy of the legislature over the judiciary. After the four survivors are rescued, they are zpeluncean and found guilty of the murder of the fifth explorer. Each differs in its reasoning and on whether the survivors should be found guilty of breaching the law.

Largely taking the form of a fictional judgment, it presents a legal philosophy puzzle to the reader and five possible solutions in the form of judicial opinions that are attributed to judges sitting on the fictional “Supreme Court of Newgarth” in the year Ancient Rhetoric and the Semiotics of Law.

He criticizes the “state of nature” concept and is not satisfied with Justice Foster’s formulation placing the law of contract above the law against murder.

The Case of the Speluncean Explorers

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Whetmore then asks if they should draw lots to select a person to be killed and eaten. Seattle University Law Review.

Cohen – – Isis: They learn via intermittent radio contact that, without food, they are likely to starve to death before they can be rescued.


Fuller’s account has been described as “a classic in jurisprudence ” [2] and “a microcosm of [the 20th] century’s debates” in legal philosophy. The laws of nature allowed to agree to sacrifice one person for the survival of the rest.

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Although the wording of the statute is clear and unambiguous, there is intense public pressure for the men to avoid facing the death penalty. As the Court’s decision is a tie, the original convictions are upheld and the men are sentenced to death. Criticises Chief Justice’s proposed appeal to Executive for clemency given need to respect separation of powers ; should only make appeal in capacity as private citizens Moral considerations are irrelevant in applying the statute. 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 or textualismpurposivism, historical contextualism, realism, pragmatism, critical legal studiesfeminismcritical race theoryprocess theory and minimalism.

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The medical experts reluctantly confirm this to be the case. 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.

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”. Wikipedia articles needing clarification from March If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?