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    DescriptionThe concept of law lies at the heart of our social and political life, shaping the character of our community and underlying issues from racism and abortion to human rights and international war. But what actually is law? A set of naturally occurring moral principles, or simply rules agreed by a particular society? What is a 'right' and what rights should people actually have? Is law really colour-blind and gender-blind? Can the law truly tell us whether gay marriages are immoral, what's wrong with racism, or whether we should go to war? Revealing the intriguing and challenging nature of legal philosophy with clarity and enthusiasm, Raymond Wacks explores the notion of law and its role in our lives. Referring to key thinkers from Aristotle to Rawls, Bentham, Dworkin, H.L.A. Hart and Derrida, he looks at the central questions behind legal theory that have fascinated lawyers and philosophers - and anyone - who ever wondered about law's relation to justice, morality, and democracy. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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    The Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Raymond Wacks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 113 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 7 mm
    Weight: 120 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192806918
    ISBN 10: 0192806912

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: LE
    Libri: I-LE
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04
    B&T General Subject: 610
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A39060000
    DC22: 340.1
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    BISAC V2.8: LAW052000, PHI009000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27720
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: LAB
    LC classification: K230.W29 A37 2006
    Thema V1.0: LAB
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    22 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Raymond Wacks is Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory at the University of Hong Kong. He has published numerous books and articles on various aspects of law, including Jurisprudence and Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory.
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. Natural law ; 2. Legal positivism ; 3. Law as interpretation ; 4. Rights and justice ; 5. Law and society ; 6. Critical legal theory