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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 7: 2016

Edited by: Daniel Clarry, Christopher Sargeant
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Law's Premises, Law's Promise

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Thomas MorawetzSchool of Law, University of Connecticut, USA

ISBN13: 9780754620136
ISBN: 0754620131
Published: June 2001
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

The author is a legal and moral philosopher who has applied the insight and methods of Wittgenstein to a range of topics in constitutional law, criminal law and theories of justice. This collection aims to offer his most important and influential essays, together with an introductory essay which reviews and develops his contribution to legal and moral philosophy.

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Part 1 Essays in analytical jurisprudence: the rules of law and the point of law; the concept of a practice; understanding, disagreement and conceptual change; a utilitarian theory of judicial decision; the epistemology of judging - Wittgenstein and deliberative practices; understanding disagreement, the root issue of jurisprudence; law as experience - the internal aspect of law.
Part 2 Essays on liberalism: persons without history - liberty theory and human nature; liberalism and the new skeptics.
Part 3 Essays in criminal responsibility: retributivism and justice; reconstructing the criminal defenses - the significance of justification.