Jurisprudence of Conceptions Law and Legal Definition

Jurisprudence of conceptions means the expansion of a maxim or definition to a logical extreme, with persistent disregard for the consequences. This phrase seems to have been invented by Roscoe Pound. An example of the working of a jurisprudence of conceptions can be found in the manner in which common-law courts have dealt with points of mercantile law. For instance, the law of partnership is made hard and often unfair by the demand of the courts upon deriving its rules from a conception of joint ownership and joint obligation, instead of ascertaining and giving effect to the actual situation as understood and practiced by merchants.