Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory

Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory


By (author) Raymond Wacks

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 23mm | 594g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199272581
  • ISBN 13: 9780199272587
  • Sales rank: 1,048,616

Product description

Understanding Jurisprudence explores the concept of law and its role within society. Detailing both the traditional and modern jurisprudential theories Raymond Wacks clearly relates these often complex arguments to the nature and purpose of our current legal systems. This book reveals the intriguing and challenging nature of jurisprudence with clarity and enthusiasm. Without avoiding the complexities and subtleties of the subject, the author provides an illuminating guide to the central questions of legal theory. An experienced teacher of jurisprudence and distinguished writer in the field, his approach is stimulating, accessible, and entertaining.

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Author information

Raymond Wacks is Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory at the University of Hong Kong. His major areas of interest are legal theory, and human rights, in particular the protection of privacy, on which he is a leading international authority. In March 1997 he was awarded a higher doctorate in law (LLD) by the University of London for his publications on privacy and legal theory.

Table of contents

Introduction; Natural law; Classical legal positivism; Modern legal positivism; Law as interpretation; Law and morality; Realism; Law and social theory; Justice; Rights; Feminist and critical race theory; Critical legal theory; Glossary