In contemporary legal philosophy there has been a notable shift in interest away from a concern with the structural and normative aspects of law towards an analysis of the specific ways legal rules are created, extended, and modified. Law as an abstraction has been replaced by law as a flow of decisions. The newer orientation expresses a widely held belief that "the concept of a legal system has an intimate connection with the nature of the legal reasoning employed in legal argument and judicial decision making.
Cornelius F. Murphy Jr.,
The Legal Quality of Judicial Decisions,
Duq. L. Rev.
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