American Legal Realism

American Legal Realism

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A comprehensive, in-depth discussion of the most influential movement in American legal history, and one which remains more than fifty years later the subject of lively debate, this collection of readings, written largely between 1900 and 1940, includes works from prominent writers on the subject that have never before been generally available. Introduced and edited by noted scholars in the field, the anthology includes such contributors as Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Thayer, Roscoe Pound, John Chipman Gray, Wesley Hohfeld, Karl Llewellyn, Arthur Corbin, Nathan Issacs, Robert Hale, Harold Laski, Max Radin, and others. With concise biographical notes as well as introductions to provide historical context, each selection addresses a different debate involving Legal Realism. Included is a selective bibliography, making the text valuable to a broad range of scholars.show more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195071239
  • 9780195071238
  • 1,987,495

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Good collection of writings and thoughts on the subject. * Sally Jo Vasicko, Ball State University * Realism remade the landscape of our law; in today's new world of transcendental nonsense, we ignore the Realists at our peril. Too many do, and this book is therefore essential. No one should leave law school without it. * Eben Moglen, Columbia Law School * Comprehensive and rounded. * Thomas G. Barnes, University of California, Berkeley * High powered stuff!...Well done! * David Robinson, University of Houston-Downtown * An excellent collection of materials which will be an invaluable resource in my teaching. * Jeff Powell, Duke University * A very helpful collection of well chosen materials. * Ray Forrester, University of California, Hastings * Wonderful and very well edited. Every law student should read it. * Eric Lane, Hofstra Law School * Very useful in teaching American legal history. * Louise Halper, Washington and Lee Law School * This carefully selected and expertly edited collection of Realist texts should serve both students and their professors very well. It may well become a standard book for legal history courses. * Norman Rosenberg, Macalester College * A very thoughtful selection of pre-Realist and Realist essays with marvelous introductory notes. Not just a useful teaching tool, but a valuable addition to understanding Realism. * Gregory Mark, Chicago-Kent College of Law * [A] highly useful collection....The selections chosen for inclusion, the introductory discussion of each section, and the extensive citations all make this an essential volume for the study of law in American society. * American Studies International *show more

About William W. Fisher

Edited by William W. Fisher, III, Professor of Law, Director of the Harvard Program on Legal History, Morton J. Horwitz, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Law, both at Harvard Law School, United States, and Thomas A. Reed, Assistant District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Norfolk County, Massachusettsshow more

Table of contents

I. ANTECEDENTS; II. THE STRUGGLE OVER THE MEANING OF "REALISM"; III. LAW AND THE MARKET; IV. THE CRITIQUE OF THE PUBLIC/PRIVATE DISTINCTION; V. LAW AND ORGANIZATIONAL SOCIETY; VI. LEGAL REASONING; VII. LAW AS SOCIAL SCIENCE; VIII. LEGAL EDUCATION AND LEGAL SCHOLARSHIPshow more

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