A Dictionary of Legal Theory

Front Cover
Modern legal theory contains a wide range of approaches and topics: from economic analysis of law to feminist legal theory to traditional analytical legal philosophy to a range of theories about justice. This healthy variety of jurisprudential work has created a problem: students and theorists working in one tradition may have difficulty understanding the concepts and terminology of a different tradition. This book works to make terminology and ways of thinking accessible.
This dictionary covers topics from the 'autonomy of law' to the 'will theory of rights', from 'autopoiesis' to 'wealth maximization', and from 'John Austin' to 'Ludwig Wittgenstein'. The most important concepts and ideas are presented in a simple dictionary format. There are also many longer entries, where the initial definition gives an accessible explanation, but the entry goes on to give more detailed information about the history of an idea and the debates currently surrounding it.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
19
Section 3
29
Section 4
49
Section 5
59
Section 6
67
Section 7
77
Section 8
81
Section 13
141
Section 14
151
Section 15
157
Section 16
177
Section 17
179
Section 18
195
Section 19
209
Section 20
213

Section 9
107
Section 10
111
Section 11
115
Section 12
133
Section 21
221
Section 22
Copyright

About the author (2004)


Brian Bix is Frederick W. Thomas Professor of Law and Philosophyat the University of Minnesota.

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