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Reading HLA Hart's 'The Concept of Law'

Editor(s): Luís Duarte d'Almeida, James Edwards, Andrea Dolcetti
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Published: 18-07-2014
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 318
ISBN: 9781782252160
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Reading HLA Hart's 'The Concept of Law'

More than 50 years after it was first published, The Concept of Law remains the most important work of legal philosophy in the English-speaking world. In this volume, written for both students and specialists, 13 leading scholars look afresh at Hart's great book.

Unique in format, the volume proceeds sequentially through all the main ideas in The Concept of Law: each contributor addresses a single chapter of Hart's book, critically discussing its arguments in light of subsequent developments in the field. Four concluding essays assess the continued relevance for jurisprudence of the 'persistent questions' identified by Hart at the beginning of The Concept of Law. The collection also includes Hart's 'Answers to Eight Questions', written in 1988 and never before published in English.

Contributors include Timothy Endicott, Richard HS Tur, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, John Gardner, Grant Lamond, Nicos Stavropoulos, Leslie Green, John Tasioulas, Jeremy Waldron, John Finnis, Frederick Schauer, Pierluigi Chiassoni and Nicola Lacey.

Table Of Contents

Hart's Readers
Luís Duarte d'Almeida, James Edwards and Andrea Dolcetti
The Generality of Law
Timothy Endicott
Variety or Uniformity?
Richard HS Tur
Hart on Sovereignty
Pavlos Eleftheriadis
Why Law Might Emerge: Hart's Problematic Fable
John Gardner
The Rule of Recognition and the Foundations of a Legal System
Grant Lamond
Words and Obligations
Nicos Stavropoulos
Hart on Justice and Morality
John Tasioulas
The Morality in Law
Leslie Green
International Law: 'A Relatively Small and Unimportant' Part of Jurisprudence?
Jeremy Waldron
How Persistent are Hart's 'Persistent Questions'?
John Finnis
Hart's Anti-Essentialism
Frederick Schauer
The Model of Ordinary Analysis
Pierluigi Chiassoni
Do the 'Persistent Questions' Persist?: Revisiting Chapter I in The Concept of Law
Nicola Lacey
Introductory Note
Juan Ramón de Páramo
Answers to Eight Questions
HLA Hart


“A fine tour through Hart's ideas.” –  Alex Wade, The Times Dec 2013

“...a sophisticated and focused critical exploration of Hart's legal theory. . . [T]hese critical reflections also provide valuable recapitulations and extensions of some of the main lines of debate within contemporary general jurisprudence”

“[T]here is much . . . that any student of moral, political or legal philosophy should read.

” –  Stefan Sciaraffa, Jurisprudence

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