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Basic Concepts of Legal Thought

George P. Fletcher

Publication Date - March 1996

ISBN: 9780195083361

224 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $104.99


In this one-of-a-kind text, George P. Fletcher, a renowned legal theorist, offers a provocative yet accessible overview of the basics of legal thought. The first section of the book is designed to introduce the reader to fundamental concepts such as the rule of law and deciding cases under the law. It continues with an analysis of the values of justice, desert, consent, and equality, as they figure into our judgment of legal cultures in terms of soundness and legitimacy. The final chapters address the problems of morality and consistency in the law. In each case the author not only introduces the basic ideas but considers important arguments in the contemporary literature and raises original claims of his own. Ideally suited for courses in the philosophy of law, legal issues, and jurisprudence, Basic Concepts of Legal Thought fills a void in the literature, as there is no other volume that both eases law students into the mysteries of legal philosophy and provides an introduction to the legal mind for non-lawyers.


"[The author] has identified topics that are important and fundamental to legal philosophy and has written about them in an interesting and accessible way."--G. Edward White, University of Virginia School of Law

Table of Contents

    Part I: The Legal System
    1. The Rule of Law
    2. Law
    3. Rules and Discretions
    4. Discourse
    Part II: Some Ultimate Values
    5. Justice
    6. Desert
    7. Consent
    8. Morality
    Part III: Morality in the Law
    10. Efficiency
    11. Loyalty
    12. Consistency

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