Understanding Jurisprudence An Introduction to Legal Theory, 3rd Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2012-03-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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With a clear, engaging, and informal writing style,Understanding Jurisprudenceis the perfect guide for students new to legal theory and looking for a convenient and interesting starting point for this sometimes daunting subject. Key theories and theorists are introduced in a compact and manageable format, offering an accessible account of the central ideas without oversimplification. Further reading suggestions are included throughout, helping students to structure their research and navigate the many texts and articles available in this subject area. Critical questions are also included in each chapter, to encourage students to think analytically about the law and the key ideas and debates which surround it. Professor Wacks is an experienced teacher of jurisprudence and excels in a providing a concise, student-friendly introduction to the subject, while not avoiding the subtleties of this fascinating area of study. An extensive Online Resource Centre also accompanies this text (www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/wacks3e/) and includes the following valuable resources: - Author analysis of topical controversies such as political debates and current legal problems, to keep you informed of the relevance of jurisprudence to everyday life - Interactive self-test glossary of key terms - Additional chapters on approaching the study of jurisprudence, including revision and examination tips - Further reading suggestions, including links to relevant and recent journal articles - Useful weblinks - Self-test questions on the key ideas from each chapter, with instant feedback

Author Biography

Raymond Wacks has taught jurisprudence for thirty years in three jurisdictions. He has published more than twenty books and numerous articles on legal philosophy, the right of privacy, and human and animal rights. His Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2006) has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Arabic.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Preface to first editionp. xvii
List of Tables and Figuresp. xix
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Natural law and moralityp. 10
Classicallegal positivismp. 57
Modern legal positivismp. 77
Dworkin and the moral integrity of lawp. 118
Legal realismp. 145
Law and social theoryp. 162
Historical and anthropological jurisprudencep. 196
Theories of justicep. 212
Rightsp. 233
Why obey the law?p. 265
Why punish?p. 271
Critical legal theoryp. 281
Feminist and critical race theoryp. 299
Jurisprudence understood?p. 317
Glossaryp. 319
Indexp. 323
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