Journals Higher Education



24 March 2012

360 Pages

9.7 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780199608263

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Understanding Jurisprudence

An Introduction to Legal Theory, 3rd Edition

Third Edition

Raymond Wacks

  • Complex ideas are explained clearly, yet without avoiding the complexities and subtleties of the subject
  • Engaging writing style makes this a highly readable and interesting account for both law and non-law students
  • Accompanied by an extensive Online Resource Centre which includes advice on studying jurisprudence, interactive glossary of key terms, further reading, and analysis of topical controversies, such as political debates and current legal problems.
  • Includes further reading suggestions and questions for each chapter, encouraging students to engage critically with key debates and aiding future research
  • Covers the key thinkers and theories covered on most jurisprudence and legal theory courses
  • Includes coverage of non-Western legal traditions

New to this Edition:

  • Extended coverage of natural law, to include a discussion of Finnis' 2011 postscript to his Natural Law and Natural Rights
  • Developed discussion of American Realism
  • Enhanced coverage of legal pluralism
  • Updated analysis of the works of Shapiro and Dworkin
  • Also features significantly re-written sections to achieve even greater clarity and accessibility, as well as new questions and updated reading lists

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