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Jurisprudence

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2013
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  • isbn: 9781107288034

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  • Jurisprudence offers a comprehensive overview of legal theory and philosophy. Written in plain English, it examines and demystifies the discipline's major ideas, promoting a deeper understanding of the social, moral and economic dimensions of the law. It critically assesses the major schools of jurisprudential thought throughout history and to the present, from Plato and Aristotle to Enlightenment thinkers, postmodernists and economic analysts. The book challenges students to reconsider their moral intuitions in light of established theories. This edition examines recent debates and literature in legal philosophy. It features new material on scientific advances in cognition and human behaviour in relation to the law. The book expands significantly on its discussion of natural law theory, evolutionary jurisprudence and theories of justice. Special attention is paid to the revival of theological natural law, challenges to legal positivism, assessments of Scandinavian realism and critiques of law and economics from the Austrian economic perspective.

    • A comprehensive and critical overview of jurisprudence
    • The book demystifies the subject for students using engaging prose, without sacrificing depth
    • Includes new material on scientific advances in cognition and human behaviour in relation to the laws, and expanded treatment of radical jurisprudence and natural law
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107288034
    • contains: 25 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Law As It Is:
    2. British legal positivism: philosophical roots and command theories
    3. Herbert Hart's new beginning and new question
    4. Germanic legal positivism: Han Kelsen's quest for the pure theory of law
    5. Realism in legal theory
    Part II. Law and Mortality:
    6. Natural law tradition from antiquity to enlightenment
    7. John Finnis' restatement of classical natural law
    8. Separation of law and morality
    Part III. Social Dimensions of Law:
    9. Sociological jurisprudence and sociology of law
    10. Radical jurisprudence: challenges to liberal legal theory
    11. Economic analysis of law
    12. Evolutionary jurisprudence
    Part IV. Rights and Justice:
    13. Fundamental legal conceptions: the building blocks of legal norms
    14. Justice.

  • Author

    Suri Ratnapala, University of Queensland
    Professor Anura Surindra (Suri) Ratnapala is Professor of Public Law at the T C Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. He teaches constitutional law, jurisprudence and constitutional political economy; fields in which he has published extensively. He has the degrees of LLB (Colombo); LLM (Macquarie) and PhD (Qld). He is a member of the Australian Academy of Law.

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