The Politics of Jurisprudence

The Politics of Jurisprudence : A Critical Introduction to Legal Philosophy

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The Politics of Jurisprudence explores what jurisprudence is about, what it seeks to do, how it does it and - most importantly - how its conclusions can be brought to bear on everyday problems of legal practice and major social, moral or political issues. It selects material to illustrate general approaches to legal theory and to explore professional and political uses to which that theory has been put.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 132 x 214 x 24mm | 480.82g
  • Lexisnexis UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • further reading, references, index
  • 0406930554
  • 9780406930552
  • 364,571

Table of contents

1. Legal philosophy in context ; 2. The theory of common law ; 3. Sovereign and subject: Bentham and Austin ; 4. Analytical jurisprudence and liberal democracy: Hart and Kelson ; 5. The appeal of natural law ; 6. The problem of the creative judge: Pound and Dworkin ; 7. Scepticism and realism ; 8. A jursiprudence of difference: class, gender and race ; 9. The deconstruction and reconstruction of law ; Index
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"Both a useful introduction for law students and a valuable and provative contribution to scholarship in the field...Cotterrell is one of the rare scholars who can discuss difficult ideas and arguments in a way fully accessible even to those new to theory". * International Journal of Law in Context *
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About Roger Cotterrell

Roger Cotterrell LLD, MSc (Soc), Professor of Legal Theory, University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College
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