The Legacy of H.L.A. Hart

The Legacy of H.L.A. Hart : Legal, Political and Moral Philosophy

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This book is the product of a major British Academy Symposium held in 2007 to mark the centenary of the birth of H.L.A. Hart, the most important legal philosopher and one of the most important political philosophers of the twentieth century.

The book brings together contributions from seventeen of the world's foremost legal and political philosophers who explore the many subjects in which Hart produced influential work. Each essay engages in an original analysis of philosophical problems that were tackled by Hart, some essays including extended critical discussions of his major works: The Concept of Law, Punishment and Responsibility, Causation in the Law and Law, Liberty and Morality. All the
main topics of Hart's philosophical writings are featured: general jurisprudence and legal positivism; criminal responsibility and punishment; theories of rights; toleration and liberty; theories of justice; and causation in the law.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 163 x 240 x 26mm | 702g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199542899
  • 9780199542895
  • 2,352,659

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART I: GENERAL LEGAL PHILOSOPHY ; 1. On Hart's Ways: Law as Reason and as Fact ; 2. The Legal Entrenchment of Illegality ; 3. Jurisprudence after Hart ; 4. The Social Foundations of Sovereignty ; 5. Hart and the Rule of Law ; 6. Legality, Morality, and the Guidance Function of Law ; PART II: CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PUNISHMENT ; 7. Responsibility and Liability ; 8. Hart on Responsibility ; PART III: CAUSATION IN THE LAW ; 9. Some Reflections on Causation in the Law ; 10. The Nightmare and the Noble Dream: Causation and Responsibility ; PART IV: THEORIES OF JUSTICE ; 11. Justice, Fairness, and Hart ; 12. Liberty and Liberties ; PART V: THEORIES OF RIGHTS ; 13. Rights and Non-existence ; 14. Are There Still Any Natural Rights? ; 15. The Nature of the Claim ; PART VI: TOLERATION AND LIBERTY ; 16. Tolerance and Understanding ; 17. Private Faces in Public Places ; 18. Liberty, Privacy, and Cruelty
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About Matthew Kramer

Matthew Kramer is Professor of Legal & Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; and Director of Cambridge Forum for Legal & Political Philosophy

Claire Grant is Reader in Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Warwick

Ben Colburn is University Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Antony Hatzistavrouis Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Hull
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