Understanding Jurisprudence

Understanding Jurisprudence : An Introduction to Legal Theory

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Written with students in mind, Professor Raymond Wacks brings legal theory to life through his lucid and entertaining style. The author has crafted a manageable guide, balancing concise introductions to the key theorists and core issues such as punishment and rights without ignoring the subtleties of the subject.

Seminal quotes from leading scholars are included to help students recognise the impact of their work, while extensive further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter invite students to explore the broad range of literature available on central topics. Each chapter concludes with a series of critical questions designed to encourage reader to think analytically about the law and the key debates which surround it.

This book is accompanied by online resources which includes multiple-choice questions with instant feedback to give students the chance to test their understanding.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 172 x 247 x 20mm | 654g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0198806019
  • 9780198806011
  • 102,452

Table of contents

What's it all about?Natural law and moralityClassical legal positivismModern legal positivismLaw and moral legitimacyLegal realismLaw and social theoryHistorical and anthropological jurisprudenceTheories of justiceRightsWhy obey the law?Why punish?Critical legal theoryFeminist theoryJurisprudence understood
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Review Text

Wacks has a remarkable ability to convey difficult concepts and ideas without distorting their meaning. Daniel Bansal, Lecturer in Law, Coventry University
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Review quote

Understanding Jurisprudence is a juristic gem that sparkles with insight and shines with clarity, shedding light on numerous challenging topics in a lucidly accessible style. It is an indispensable resource for student and scholar alike, and is a rarity-an academic text that is actually a pleasure to read! * William MacNeil, The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law, Dean & Head of the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, Australia. * A book like this cannot help but demonstrate the richness of the subject and how fundamental it is to the development and practice of law. * Tom Garbett, The Law Society Gazette * Wacks' writing style is both engaging and enjoyable. * The Student Law Journal * An excellent text which explains complex and difficult ideas in an accessible way. * Christopher Essert, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Ontario * The plentiful discussion topics and Wacks' delightful style make this an impressive read. * William A. Edmundson, Regents' Professor of Law and of Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta * An admirably clear, extremely helpful, and accurate introduction to this formidable subject. The elegance of the writing and the breadth of knowledge - displayed here in such an easily accessible form - make it essential reading for every student of Jurisprudence. * Stephen Guest, Emeritus Professor of Legal Philosophy, University College London * Wacks has a remarkable ability to convey difficult concepts and ideas without distorting their meaning. * Daniel Bansal, Lecturer in Law, Coventry University *
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About Raymond Wacks

Professor Raymond Wacks has taught jurisprudence around the world for over thirty years. He has published more than twenty books and numerous articles on legal philosophy, the right of privacy, and human and animal rights. His books have been translated into several languages including Arabic, Greek, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, and Georgian.
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