Law and Philosophy: An Introduction with Readings

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McGraw-Hill, 2001 - Law - 522 pages
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This analytical anthology introduces students with little background in either to both law and philosophy using prominent classic political philosophers, legal theorists, and abundant landmark court cases. Legal issues are placed in their historical and philosophical contexts. The book considers critical issues such as civil disobedience, war crimes, and the death penalty. It teaches the basics of international, constitutional, and criminal law and shows how philosophy of law helps makes sense of and unifies the seeming “scraps and fragments” of law. The chapters focus on different areas of law and on different philosophers and philosophies. A classical political philosopher anchors each area of law covered. The anthology includes writings from prominent political philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, and Rawls), from classical legal theorists (Aquinas, Grotius, Austin, Fuller, Hart, and Dworkin), and from judicial opinions (Justices Blackmun, Brennan, Marshall, Rehnquist, and Scalia).

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THOMAS W. SIMON a philosopher and lawyer, teaches at Illinois State University. His publications include Democracy and Social Injustice (1995) and Law & Philosophy (2000). He was a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School and a founding faculty member of Miyazaki International College in Japan. He also has taught law in Slovenia and Kosovo. He founded and edited Injustice Studies, an electronic journal. He regularly consults for the United Nations (Working Group on Minorities) and the American Bar Association (Central/Eastern European Law Initiative). He served on a drafting committee for Albania's new constitution. As a practicing attorney, he has represented a Diaspora Rwandan group.

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