In contemporary analytical jurisprudence, Scott Shapiro's book Legality constitutes one of the most popular and contentious inquiries into the overarching question of the nature of law. In this book, Shapiro answers the question "What is law?" with a conception of law as a special form of planning of community life. A new volume edited by D. Canale and G. Tuzet, entitled The Planning Theory of Law. A Critical Reading (2013), includes some essays addressed to criticise Shapiro’s theory. This commentary on the critical essays contained in this volume aims to contribute to the debate about Shapiro's ideas and attempts to bridge the gap that often exists between American and continental jurisprudence. The review focuses in particular on the teleological and functional dimension of Shapiro's Planning Theory of Law and suggests its interpretation as a fresh inquiry into the physiology of law.
Keywords: Social Plans - Conceptual Analysis - Legal Positivism - Functionalism - Jurisprudence