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Scholars of the Law: English Jurisprudence from Blackstone to Hart

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ISBN13: 9780814715338
ISBN: 0814715338
Published: July 1996
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £74.00

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Richard Cosgrove's Scholars of the Law begins with the emergence of the positivist belief that jurisprudence can solve the important social issues of the day. Legal theory in the twentieth century has become narrow and abstract, and contemporary theory, ever anxious to debunk elitism, ironically has become elitist itself.

Charting the history of English jurisprudence through its key figures--William Blackstone, Jeremy Bentham, John Austin, Henry Maine, Thomas Erskine Holland, and H. L. A. Hart--Richard Cosgrove argues that jurisprudence must return to its interdisciplinary roots and draw upon economics, politics, and sociology. In short, theory and practice must be recombined.

Richard Cosgrove is Professor of History at the University of Arizona and author of The Rule of Law and Our Lady the Common Law.