In the Realm of Legal and Moral Philosophy

In the Realm of Legal and Moral Philosophy : Critical Encounters

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In this wide-ranging investigation of many prominent issues in contemporary legal, political, and moral philosophy, Matthew Kramer combines penetrating critiques with original theorising as he examines the writings of numerous major theorists (including Ronald Dworkin, H.L.A. Hart, Alan Gewirth, Ronald Coase and Richard Posner). Among the many topics covered by Kramer's essays are the relative merits of legal positivism and natural-law theory, the appropriate understanding of justice, the role of consequences in moral decision-making, and the ultimate foundations of moral judgements.
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  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 425g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • X, 202 p.
  • 0333743253
  • 9780333743256

Table of contents

Preface Introduction What Good is Truth? How not to Oppugn Consequentialism Justice as Constancy Questions Raised and Questions Begged: Some Doubts about Ronald Dworkin's Approach to Law-and-Economics The Philosopher-Judge: Some Friendly Criticisms of Richard Posner's Jurisprudence A Coda to Coase In Praise of the Critique of the Public/Private Distinction Of Aristotle and Ice-Cream Cones: Reflections on Jules Coleman's Theory of Corrective Justice Getting the Rabbit Out of the Hat: A Critique of Anthony Kronman's Theory of Contract Reason Without Reasons: A Critique of Alan Gewirth's Moral Philosophy Index
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About M. Kramer

MATTHEW H. KRAMER is University Lecturer in Jurisprudence at Cambridge University, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at Churchill College, Cambridge. His previous books are Legal Theory, Political Theory, and Deconstruction: Against Rhadamanthus (1991), Critical Legal Theory and the Challenge of Feminism: A Philosophical Reconception (1995), Hobbes and the Paradoxes of Political Origins (1997), and John Locke and the Origins of Private Property: Philosophical Explorations of Individualism, Community, and Equality (1997).
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