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  • Date Published: September 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511590115

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About the Authors
  • Jurisprudence is about the nature of law and justice. It embraces studies and theories from a range of disciplines such as history, sociology, political science, philosophy, psychology and even economics. Why do people obey the law? How does law serve society? What is law's relation to morality? What is the nature of rights? This book introduces and critically discusses the major traditions of jurisprudence. Written in a lucid and accessible style, Suri Ratnapala considers a wide range of views, bringing conceptual clarity to the debates at hand. From Plato and Aristotle to the medieval scholastics, from Enlightenment thinkers to postmodernists and economic analysts of law, this important volume examines the great philosophical debates and gives insight into the central questions concerning law and justice.

    • Presents complex ideas and debates within legal philosophy in an easy to understand manner
    • Introduces and critically discusses the major traditions, from classical philosophy to theological scholarship, Enlightenment learning to modern and post-modern thought
    • Lucidly written in an accessible style
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    'Professor Ratnapala's book … [provides] … an accessible overview of the various schools of thought, and of their place in the history of ideas, while also identifying, with a respectfully light touch, the deficiencies in the effort of each school to explain what it is that the courts are doing and why they are doing it. Professor Ratnapala's wide-ranging survey provides a comprehensive study of all the schools of jurisprudence, while at the same time avoiding the temptation to accord some of these schools only a superficial treatment. It will be a useful book for students and for practising lawyers interested in knowing what the students are banging on about. Hopefully, that means all of us. Speaking for myself again, I particularly appreciated the gentle but effective discussion of the place of the school of critical legal studies in the jurisprudential firmament.' Hon. Justice Patrick Keane, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland

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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511590115
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. British legal positivism
    3. Germanic legal positivism: Hans Kelsen's quest for the pure theory of law
    4. Realism in legal theory
    5. Natural law tradition in jurisprudence
    6. Separation of law and morality
    7. Sociological jurisprudence and the sociology of law
    8. Radical jurisprudence: challenges to liberal legal theory
    9. Economic analysis of law
    10. Evolutionary jurisprudence
    11. Fundamental legal conceptions: the building blocks of legal norms
    12. Justice.

  • Author

    Suri Ratnapala, University of Queensland
    Suri Ratnapala is Professor of Public Law at the University of Queensland.

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