Karl Llewellyn and the Realist Movement

Karl Llewellyn and the Realist Movement

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First published in 1973, Karl Llewellyn and the Realist Movement is a classic account of American Legal Realism and its leading figure. Karl Llewellyn is the best known and most substantial jurist of the group of lawyers known as the American Realists. He made important contributions to legal theory, legal sociology, commercial law, contract law, civil liberties and legal education. This intellectual biography sets Llewellyn in the broad context of the rise of the American Realist Movement and contains an overview of his life before focusing on his most important works, including The Cheyenne Way, The Bramble Bush, The Common Law Tradition and the Uniform Commercial Code. In this second edition the original text is supplemented with a preface by Frederick Schauer and an afterword in which William Twining gives a fascinating account of the making of the book and comments on developments in relevant legal scholarship over the past forty years.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1139151088
  • 9781139151085

Review quote

'In offering in the afterword new and important historical data along with crisp and challengeable claims about the nature of legal theory as it is practised today, Twining has combined the historical with the jurisprudential in a way that is both faithful to the original book and that makes the book and its new afterword required reading for all those who wish to understand Karl Llewellyn, Legal Realism, American legal thought, and the nature of law itself.' Fred Schauer, from the Forewordshow more

Table of contents

Part I. The Rise of the Realist Movement, 1870-1931: Introduction: 1. Langdell's Harvard; 2. Corbin's Yale, 1897-1918; 3. Columbia in the 1920s; 4. The aftermath of the split; 5. The realist controversy, 1930-1; Part II. The Life and Work of Karl Llewellyn: A Case Study: 6. The man; 7. Two early works; 8. The Cheyenne Way; 9. Law in our society; 10. The Common Law Tradition; 11. The genesis of the uniform commercial code; 12. The jurisprudence of the uniform commercial code; 13. Miscellaneous writings; 14. The significance of Llewellyn: an assessment; Part III. Conclusion: 15. The significance of realism.show more