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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Williams, Mortimer and Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators and Probate

Edited by: Alexander Learmonth, Charlotte Ford, Julia Clark, John Ross Martyn
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Evolution and the Common Law

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ISBN13: 9780521614917
ISBN: 0521614910
Published: May 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £35.99



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This book offers a radical challenge to all existing accounts of the common law's development. Contrary to received jurisprudential wisdom, it maintains there is no grand theory which will explain satisfactorily the dynamic interactions of change and stability in the common law's history.

Offering fresh and original readings of Charles Darwin's and Hans-Georg Gadamer's works, the book shows that law is a rhetorical activity that can only be properly appreciated in its historical and political context; tradition and transformation are locked in a mutually reinforcing but thoroughly contingent embrace. In contrast to the dewy-eyed offerings of much contemporary work, it demonstrates that, like life, law is an organic process (i.e., events are the products of functional and localized causes) rather than a miraculous one (i.e., events are the result of some grand plan or intervention).

In short, common law is a perpetual work-in-progress - evanescent, dynamic, messy, productive, tantalising, and bottom-up.

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Subjects:
Legal History, Jurisprudence
Contents:
1. Evolution and the common law: an introduction
2. Darwin's excellent adventure: evolution and law
3. The creationists' persistence: jurisprudence and God
4. Taming the bulldog: the natural and pragmatic
5. Tracking the common law: the routine and revolutionary
6. Looking for Gadamer: traditions and transformations
7. Reading between the lines: courts and constitutions
8. Making changes: progress and politics
9. Among the trees: a conclusion.