Neste artigo, David Trubek e John Esser analisam a proposta de um “empirismo crítico” sugerido pelos acadêmicos do Seminário de Amherst nos Estados Unidos. Através da análise da produção intelectual desta vertente crítica, os autores identificam suas premissas epistemológicas e as semelhanças e divergências com a literatura de direito e sociedade. Por fim, sugerem um paradoxo entre os critérios de objetividade dos métodos empíricos e a abordagem crítica radical.
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