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The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory

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ISBN13: 9780631228318
ISBN: 0631228314
Published: October 2005
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Written by an international assembly of distinguished philosophers and legal theorists, The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory creates a groundbreaking student resource in critical essays on the central themes and issues of the philosophy of law today. Focusing and advancing key arguments throughout, each of the 23 essays incorporates essential background material serving to clarify the history and logic of the relevant topic. Topics include legal positivism, natural law theory, critical legal theory, American legal realism, feminist legal theory, criminal law, contract law, tort theory, evidence, obligation, theories of rights, punishment, legal reasoning, objectivity, theories of law, continental perspectives on law, and many others. This volume is a handy guide to the state of play in contemporary philosophy of law and legal theory, and is suitable as a primary or secondary text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in moral philosophy, political philosophy, law, legal philosophy, political science, political theory, or government.

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Notes on ContributorsIntroduction: William A. Edmundson (Georgia State University)Part I: Contending Schools of Thought:1. Legal Positivism: Brian H. Bix (University of Minnesota)2. Natural Law Theory: Mark C. Murphy (Georgetown University3. American Legal Realism: Brian Leiter (University of Texas at Austin)4. Economic Rationality in the Analysis of Legal Rules and Institutions: Lewis A. Kornhauser (New York University)5. Critical Legal Theory: Mark V. Tushnet (Georgetown University)6. Four Themes in Feminist Legal Theory: Difference, Dominance, Domesticity, and Denial: Patricia Smith (Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York)Part II: Doctrinal Domains and Their Philosophical Foundations:7. Criminal Law Theory: Douglas Husak (Rutgers University)8. Philosophy of Tort Law: Between the Banal and the Esoteric: Benjamin C. Zipursky (Fordham University)9. Contract Theory: Eric Posner (University of Chicago)10. The Commons and the Anticommons in the Law and Theory of Property: Stephen R. Munzer (University of California, Los Angeles)11. Legal Evidence: Alvin I. Goldman (Rutgers University)Part III: Perennial Topics:12. Obligation: Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge University)13. Theories of Rights: Alon Harel (University of Jerusalem)14. A Contractarian Approach to Punishment: Claire Finklestein (University of Pennsylavania)15. Responsibility: Martin P. Golding (Duke University)16. Legislation: Jeremy J. Waldron (Columbia University)17. Constitutionalism: Larry A. Alexander (University of San Diego)18. Adjudication and Legal Reasoning: Richard Warner (Illinois Institute of Technology)19. Privacy: William A. Edmundson (Georgia State University)Part IV: Continental Perspectives:20. On Legal Positivism and Natural Law Theory: Jes Bjarup (Stockholm University)21. Some Contemporary Trends in Continental Philosophy of Law: Guy Haarscher (Free University of Brussels)Part V: Methodological Concerns:22. Objectivity: Nicos Stavropoulos (Oxford University)23. Can There Be a Theory of Law?: Joseph Raz (Oxford University)Index