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Published: 26 October 2017

432 Pages


ISBN: 9780198806011

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Understanding Jurisprudence

An Introduction to Legal Theory

Fifth Edition

Raymond Wacks

  • An extremely 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 with clarity, without avoiding the subtleties of the subject
  • Exposes students to a broad range of key theorists and concepts, along with issues such as punishment and rights which are treated thematically
  • Features pithy extracts and extensive further reading to introduce and explain the central scholarly works, ideas, and commentaries which shape legal theory, providing the ideal base for further study
  • Self-test questions appear at the end of chapters and multiple-choice questions are hosted online to help students test their command of jurisprudence

New to this Edition:

  • Includes expanded chapters on rights, obedience to law, theories of justice, and feminist theories
  • Discussions of the rule of law, global justice, virtue ethics, human and animal rights, the economic analysis of law, and postmodernist theories have been revised
  • Suggested further reading lists and questions at the end of each chapter have been updated to reflect changes in the chapters