Typical but puzzling engagements with law in Jurisprudence and in civil religion are drawn upon to evoke a dimension of law essential to its practice, a dimension relegated in usual conceptions of law. That dimension entails a responsive regard for whatever is beyond law's determinate existence. The same responsive regard is found also to be the generative force of theyr, whether legal or social theory. Law in its practical guise is thence found to have a constituent correspondence to theory. Legal practice can no more escape theory than theory can escape practice.

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Peter Fitzpatrick, ‘Law as Theory: Constitutive Thought in the Formation of (Legal) Practice’ (2009) 5(1) Socio-Legal Review 1

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