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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory 4th ed isbn 9780198723868

Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory 3rd ed

ISBN13: 9780199608263
New Edition ISBN: 9780198723868
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780199532124
Published: February 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

With a clear, engaging, and informal writing style, Understanding Jurisprudence is the perfect guide for students new to legal theory and looking for a convenient and interesting starting point for this sometimes daunting subject.

Key theories and theorists are introduced in a compact and manageable format, offering an accessible account of the central ideas without oversimplification. Further reading suggestions are included throughout, helping students to structure their research and navigate the many texts and articles available in this subject area.

Critical questions are also included in each chapter, to encourage students to think analytically about the law and the key ideas and debates which surround it.

Professor Wacks is an experienced teacher of jurisprudence and excels in providing a concise, student-friendly introduction to the subject, without avoiding the subtleties of this fascinating discipline.

1: Introduction
2: Natural law and morality
3: Classical legal positivism
4: Modern legal positivism
5: Dworkin and the moral integrity of law
6: Legal realism
7: Law and social theory
8: Historical and anthropological jurisprudence
9: Theories of justice
10: Rights
11: Why obey the law?
12: Why punish?
13: Critical legal theory
14: Feminist and critical race theory
15: Jurisprudence understood?;