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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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Overcoming Law New ed

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Richard A. PosnerSenior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, USA

ISBN13: 9780674649262
ISBN: 0674649265
Published: November 1996
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback
Price: £23.95



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Richard Posner discusses the structure and behaviour of the legal profession; constitutional theory; interdisciplinary approaches to law; the nature of legal reasoning; and legal pragmatism. Although written by a sitting judge, the book does not avoid controversy, and contains frank appraisals of feminist and critical race theories, the behaviour of the German and British judiciaries in wartime, and the excesses of social constructionist theories of sexual behaviour.;Throughout, the book is unified by Posner's stance, which is pragmatic in philosophy, economic in methodology, and liberal (in the sense of John Stuart Mill's liberalism) in politics. Eschewing jargon and technicalities, it should make a contribution to the debate about the role of law in our society.

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