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A Life of H. L. A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream

ISBN13: 9780199274970
ISBN: 0199274975
Published: September 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £39.49
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Herbert Lionel Adolphus Hart was born in Yorkshire in 1907 to second generation Jewish immigrants. Having won a scholarship to Oxford University, he went on to become the most famous legal philosopher of the twentieth century. From 1932-40 H.L.A Hart practised as a barrister in London. He was pronounced physically unfit for military service in 1940, and was recruited by MI5, where he worked until 1945. During his time at the Bar he had continued to study philosophy and at M15 his interest was further stimulated by his philosopher colleagues in M16, Stuart Hampshire and Gilbert Ryle. After the war, Hart returned to Oxford to take up a philosophy fellowship, later to become Professor of Jurisprudence.

H.L.A Hart single-handedly reinvented the philosophy of law and influenced the nation's thinking in the 1960s on abortion, the legalization of homosexuality, and on capital punishment. Hart's approach to legal philosophy was at once disarmingly simple and breathtakingly ambitious, combining as it did the insights of Austin and Bentham and the new linguistic philosophy of J.L. Austin and Ludwig Wittgenstein. He sought to elucidate a concept of law which would be of relevance to all forms

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Biographer's Note on Approach and Sources; Introduction: An Outsider on the Inside
PART I: NORTH AND SOUTH; 1: Harrogate, Cheltenham, Bradford; 2: An Oxford Scholar; 3: Success Snatched from Defeat: London and the Bar
PART II: CHANGE AND CONTINUITY; 4: Jenifer; 5: From the Inns of Court to Military Intelligence: MI5, Marriage, and Fatherhood; 6: Oxford from the Other Side of the Fence
PART III: THE GOLDEN AGE; 7: Selling Philosophy to the Lawyers: The Chair of Jurisprudence; 8: American Jurisprudence through English Eyes: Harvard 1956-7; 9: Law in the Perspective of Philosophy: Causation and the Law, The Concept of Law; 10: West and East, California and Israel: Law, Liberty and Morality; Kelsen Visited; The Morality of the Criminal Law; 11: Discipline, Punishment, and Responsibility
PART IV: AFTER THE CHAIR; 12: Old Turks and Young Fogeys: Bentham and Brasenose; 13: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream; Notes; Bibliography: HLA Hart; Bibliography: Other authors; List of Interviewees; Biographical details on figures appearing in the book