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Metaphysical demonstration no one can resist who has

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metaphysical demonstration no one can resist who has the wit to understand. And when they see that no argument of that power is in prospect, they grumble that jurisprudence is subjective only. Then, finally, they return to their knit - ting—making, accepting, resisting, rejecting arguments in the normal way, consulting, revising, deploying convictions S
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86 INTERPRETIVE CONCEPTS pertinent to deciding which of competing accounts of legal practice provides the best justification of that practice. My advice is straightforward: this preliminary dance of skepti- cism is silly and wasteful; it neither adds to nor subtracts from the business at hand. The only skepticism worth any - thing is skepticism of the internal kind, and this must be earned by arguments of the same contested character as the arguments it opposes, not claimed in advance by some pre - tense at hard-hittihg empirical metaphysics. We must continue our study of interpretation, and of law, in that spirit. I shall offer arguments about what makes one interpretation of a social practice better than another, and about what account of law provides the most satisfactory in - terpretation of that complex and crucial practice. These ar - guments will not because they cannot —be demonstrations. They invite disagreement, and though it will not be wrong to reply, But that s only your opinion, neither will it be helpful. You must then ask yourself whether, after reflection, it is your opinion as well. If it is, you will think that my ar - guments and conclusions are sound and that other, conflict- ing ones, are unsound and wrong. If it is not your opinion, then it falls to you to say why not, to match my arguments or naked convictions with your own. For the exercise in hand is one of discovery at least in this sense: discovering which view of the sovereign matters we discuss sorts best with the con - victions we each, together or severally, have and retain about the best account of our common practices.
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