Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory

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OUP Oxford, Feb 2, 2012 - Law - 335 pages
With a clear, engaging, and informal writing style, Understanding Jurisprudence is the perfect guide for students new to legal theory and looking for a convenient and interesting starting point for this sometimes daunting subject. Key theories and theorists are introduced in a compact and manageable format, offering an accessible account of the central ideas without oversimplification. Further reading suggestions are included throughout, helping students to structure their research and navigate the many texts and articles available in this subject area. Critical questions are also included in each chapter, to encourage students to think analytically about the law and the key ideas and debates which surround it. Professor Wacks is an experienced teacher of jurisprudence and excels in providing a concise, student-friendly introduction to the subject, without avoiding the subtleties of this fascinating discipline. An extensive Online Resource Centre also accompanies this text (www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/wacks3e/) and includes the following valuable resources: - Author analysis of topical controversies such as political debates and current legal problems, to keep you informed of the relevance of jurisprudence to everyday life - Interactive self-test glossary of key terms - Additional chapters on approaching the study of jurisprudence, including revision and examination tips - Further reading suggestions, including links to relevant and recent journal articles - Useful weblinks - Self-test questions on the key ideas from each chapter, with instant feedback
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Natural law and morality
10
3 Classical legal positivism
57
4 Modern legal positivism
77
5 Dworkin and the moral integrity of law
118
6 Legal realism
145
7 Law and social theory
162
8 Historical and anthropological jurisprudence
196
10 Rights
233
11 Why obey the law?
265
12 Why punish?
271
13 Critical legal theory
281
14 Feminist and critical race theory
299
15 Jurisprudence understood?
317
Glossary
319
Index
323

9 Theories of justice
212

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Professor Raymond Wacks has taught jurisprudence for thirty years in three jurisdictions. He has published more than twenty books and numerous articles on legal philosophy, the right of privacy, and human and animal rights. His Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction has been translatedinto many languages including Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Arabic. Professor Wacks' first novel White Lies appeared in 2010.

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