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Modern Jurisprudence

A Philosophical Guide

By: Sean Coyle
Media of Modern Jurisprudence
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Published: 24-08-2017
Format: Paperback
Edition: 2nd
Extent: 288
ISBN: 9781509905614
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £22.99
 

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About Modern Jurisprudence

The second edition of this book provides a concise and accessible guide to modern jurisprudence, offering an examination of the major theories as well as highlighting principal themes such as legality and justice. Together with new material, the second edition explores the historical developments and ideas that give modern thinking its distinctive shape. A key feature of the book is that readers are not simply presented with opposing theories, but are guided through the rival standpoints on the basis of a coherent line of reflection from which an overall sense of the subject can be gained. Chapters on Hart, Fuller, Rawls, Dworkin and Finnis take the reader systematically through the terrain of modern legal philosophy, tracing the issues back to fundamental questions of philosophy, and indicating lines of criticism that result in a fresh and original perspective on the subject.

Table Of Contents

1. Justice, Law and History
Morality
History
Law
Situating Jurisprudence

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS
2. Origins of the Western Jurisprudential Tradition
A Basic Division
Aristotelian Political Thought
The Abandonment of Aristotle
Suggested Reading

3. Jurisprudence: The Classical Tradition
Positive Law
Natural Law
The Relationship Between Natural Law and Positive Law
Justice and Determination
Human Knowledge of Natural Law
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4. The Emergence of 'Modern' Political Thought
Hobbes's View of the Human Condition
Law and Society
The Political Context of Leviathan
A Divided Inheritance
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5. Images of Law from Grotius to Kant
Grotius as a Natural Lawyer
A New Framework
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PART TWO: DEBATES
6. Positive Law, Positive Justice: Hart
The Basic Dimensions of Hart's Positivism
The Nature of Law
Law and Morality
Natural Law
Justice and Equality
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7. Justice in the 'Real World': Dworkin
The Philosopher-Judge
Could the Law be an Expression of Something Other than 'Integrity'?
Objectivity, Truth and Scepticism
Philosopher-Kings and Philosopher-Judges
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8. Justice and the Liberal State: Rawls
Rational Reflection and Questions of Method
The Problem of Justice
The First Principle of Justice
The Second Principle
The Basic Structure in Context
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9. Justice and the Common Good: Finnis
Introducing the Political Philosophy
The Basic Goods
The Status of Practical Reasonableness
Order, Community and Justice
Justice and Rights
The Overall Direction of Finnis's Account
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10. Justice and Legality: Fuller
Legality and Justice
Justice and the Institutional Reality of Law
Eunomics: The Theory of Good Order
The Direction of Fuller's Thought
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11. Justice and Legal Order: Further Reflections
Natural Right and Natural Law
The Origin of the Law's Authority
Legal Order and Positive Law
Summing Up
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12. Conclusions?

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