I am a Law Student in Greece trying to understand what Law is a what Jurisprudence is and what the jurisprudential method of thinking is.

What is Jurisprunce; what is its object of study, what are we analysing?

Many people say that Jurisprudence is not the same as Law. Law is the system (not the agreggation of rules but the mental abstraction, their method) of rules and Jurisprudence is the analysis, the study.

Analysis is the syllogistic method with which the individual elements of a phenomenon or a mental abstraction are isolated, to be studied separetely and interpreted.

Study is the mental work, especially meticulous and systematic reading, with the aim of understanding or interpreting a determined object.

Object is anything that is related to something else mainly as its cause or aim.

Is Jurisprudence the study or the analysis of Law's interpretation (Law's interpretation being the aim of Jurisprudence)? How can we study and interpret a mental abstraction?


Jurisprudence is the philosophy of law

Jurisprudence is not the same as law just like metaphysics is not physics and theology is not religion.

The study of law is specific to a specific legal system, like Greek law, English law, Sharia law etc. Jurisprudence is the study of the general principles behind and between these specific legal traditions.

For example, consider the issue of theft. What the various types of theft are, the elements involved in arresting, charging, convicting and punishing someone for theft and the penalties and redress involved are all legal questions. Whether theft should be a crime and when, how theft is treated in different parts of the world and what is theft anyway are all issues of jurisprudence.

  • What (besides being all related to theft) do the questions; «What is theft?», «What types of theft are there?», «Should theft be a crime?», have in common? What is the object of study of Jurisprudence? – George Ntoulos Jan 16 at 12:31
  • @ColinLosey It might be correct but I asked for adittional details. – George Ntoulos Jan 17 at 14:00

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