Josh is currently working on his DPhil, under the supervision of Professor John Gardner, Professor Ruth Chang, and Dr James Edwards. His research is on the nature of guidance and its implications for our relationship with the law and the normative world.

Josh is also Martin Senior Scholar and lecturer at Worcester College, Oxford, where he previously read for his BA and BCL.

He was a co-convenor of the Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group and an editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal from 2018-20.


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  • Joshua Pike, 'How the Law Guides' (2020) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)
    DOI: 10.1093/ojls/gqaa037
    The concept of guidance lies at the heart of normativity. It follows, according to the common view that the law necessarily claims to be normative, that guidance must play a central role in understanding the law. This article focuses on two questions about guidance: (1) what distinguishes normative guidance from non-normative guidance; and (2) what is involved in using something as a reason and as a norm so that we are normatively guided by that something. In doing so, two features of how the law guides emerge. First, that despite the involvement of reasons our relationship with the law is sometimes better characterised as non-normative guidance rather than normative guidance. Second, that it is a conceptual feature of what it is to use a legal directive as a norm that further practical reasoning is required to figure out what action that directive requires, independently of that directive’s vagueness or indeterminacy.

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Research Interests

Jurisprudence; reasons, norms, and practical reasoning

Options taught

Jurisprudence, A Roman Introduction to Private Law

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