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Understanding Jurisprudence

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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 generalWritten by an experienced academic and author, the text explains complex ideas clearly yet without avoiding the subtleties of the subjectCovers 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 punishmentFeatures key quotes and further reading to introduce and explain the central scholarly works, ideas, and commentaries which shape legal theoryIncludes a glossary to assist understanding and provide a quick-reference guide to the key terms and ideas central to jurisprudenceAccompanied 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 problemsNew 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 theoryExpanded chapters on natural law, legal positivism, realism, rights, and theories of justiceNew and enhanced discussions of the rule of law, global justice, virtue ethics, human and animal rights, the economic analysis of law, and postmodernist theoriesUpdated suggested further reading lists and questions at the end of each chapter

Author: Wacks Raymond
Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pages: 379
ISBN: 9780198723868
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 4
Release Year: 2015

Professor Raymond Wacks has taught jurisprudence around the world for over thirty years. He has published more than twenty books and numerous articles on legal philosophy, the right of privacy, and human and animal rights. His books have been translated into several languages including Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, and Georgian.

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