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Published: 15 January 2015

400 Pages


ISBN: 9780198723868

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Understanding Jurisprudence

Fourth Edition

Raymond Wacks

  • An engaging writing style makes this a highly readable and interesting account for all law students, offering the ideal support for a legal theory module as well as providing valuable context for the study of law in general
  • Written by an experienced academic and author, the text explains complex ideas clearly yet without avoiding the subtleties of the subject
  • Covers a broad range of thinkers and theories including Hart, Dworkin, and Raz as well as discussion of feminist and critical race theory and separate chapters on theories of justice, rights, and punishment
  • Features key quotes and further reading to introduce and explain the central scholarly works, ideas, and commentaries which shape legal theory
  • Includes a glossary to assist understanding and provide a quick-reference guide to the key terms and ideas central to jurisprudence
  • Accompanied by an extensive Online Resource Centre which includes advice on studying jurisprudence, an interactive glossary of key terms, self-test questions, and analysis of topical controversies, such as political debates and current legal problems

New to this Edition:

  • Revised to include the most recent scholarship in several areas of jurisprudence, and to reflect the social and political developments that have influenced the law and legal theory
  • Expanded chapters on natural law, legal positivism, realism, rights, and theories of justice
  • New and enhanced discussions of the rule of law, global justice, virtue ethics, human and animal rights, the economic analysis of law, and postmodernist theories
  • Updated suggested further reading lists and questions at the end of each chapter

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