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Published: 30 August 2012

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199584345

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This text is published by OUP Higher Education Division

McCoubrey & White's Textbook on Jurisprudence

Fifth Edition

James Penner and Emmanuel Melissaris

  • Covers a wide range of philosophies, including feminist and post-modern legal theory, and Marxist and post-Marxist theories of law, making it a suitable guide for most jurisprudence courses
  • Dedicated chapters introduce key theorists such as Hobbes, Kant, Rawls, placing their ideas in context to support the reading of primary materials and extracts
  • Extended discussion of H.L.A. Hart explains the importance of The Concept of Law and provides analysis of the development of legal theory prior to and post-Hart.
  • End of chapter further reading suggestions assist with further research and essay preparation
  • Fully supports readers throughout their legal theory studies, providing a solid base for further research and allowing you to approach this daunting subject area with confidence
  • Clearly breaks down the complexities of the subject and explains sophisticated ideas without oversimplification

New to this Edition:

  • Substantial revision of Part 1: Theories of the Nature of Law
  • New discussion of philosophical issues in law, featuring three new chapters: The Building Blocks of Law: Norms and their Nature; Governing and Obedience; and Law and Adjudication
  • New chapters on the political and legal philosophies of Thomas Hobbes, Immanuel Kant, and John Rawls
  • Substantial revision of chapters on Marxism and postmodern legal theory

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