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Dimensions of Politics and English Jurisprudence

ISBN13: 9780521196598
Published: June 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Understandings of law and politics are intrinsically bound up with broader visions of the human condition. Sean Coyle argues for a renewed engagement with the juridical and political philosophies of the Western intellectual tradition, and takes up questions pondered by Aristotle, Plato, Augustine, Aquinas and Hobbes in seeking a deeper understanding of law, politics, freedom, justice and order.

Criticising modern theories for their failure to engage with fundamental questions, he explores the profound connections between justice and order and raises the neglected question of whether human beings in all their imperfection can ever achieve truly just order in this life.

Above all, he confronts the question of whether the open society is the natural home of liberals who have given up faith in human progress (there are no ideal societies), or whether liberal political order is itself the ideal society?


Part I. Jurisprudence:
1. Jurisprudence and the liberal order
2. Concept and reality in jurisprudence
3. On the 'Protestant' inheritance of juridical thought
4. The form and direction of Anglo-American jurisprudence
5. Three approaches to jurisprudence

Part II. Understanding the Present:
6. Authority and tradition: visions of law and politics
7. Legalism and modernity I: identifying and understanding the problem
8. Legalism and modernity II: reflections upon the problem
9. Political thought and the 'well-ordered society'
10. The limits of legal ideologies
11. Conservatism and its dilemmas
12. Liberal jurisprudence and its order

Part III. Justice:
13. Justice without mercy
14. Justice and moral argument
15. Fallen justice
16. Freedom and justice in a democratic age.