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Kantianism, Postmodernism and Critical Legal Thought

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ISBN13: 9780792347453
ISBN: 0792347455
Published: October 1997
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This text presents a challenging alternative theory of legal philosophy. The central thesis of the book suggests an accommodation between three of the most influential contemporary theories of law, Kantianism, postmodernism and critical legal thought. In doing so, it further suggests that the often perceived distance between these theories of law disguises a common intellectual foundation. This foundation lies in the work of Immanuel Kant.;The book presents an intellectual history of critical legal thinking, beginning with Kant, and then proceeding through philosphers and legal theorists as diverse as Heidegger and Arendt, Foucault and Derrida, Rorty and Rawls, and Unger and Dworkin. Ultimately, it suggests that each of these philosophers is writing within a common intellectual tradition, and that by concentrating on the commonality of this tradition, contemporary legal theory can better appreciate the reconstructive potential of the critical legal project.

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Immanuel Kant and the foundations of critique; freedom, responsibility and judgment; the crisis of judgment; postmodern bourgeois liberalism; critical legal studies and beyond; relativism and the return of the moral self.