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On the History of the Idea of Law

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ISBN-10: 0521854237

ISBN-13: 9780521854238

Edition: 2005

Authors: Shirley Robin Letwin

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On the History of the Idea of Law traces the development of the philosophical theory of law from its first appearance in Plato's writings to today. Shirley Letwin finds important and positive insights and tensions in the theories of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Hobbes as well as confusion and serious errors introduced by Cicero, Aquinas, Bentham, and Marx. She harnesses the insights of H.L.A. Hart and especially Michael Oakeshott to mount a devastating attack on the late twentieth-century theories of Ronald Dworkin, the Critical Legal Studies movement, and feminist jurisprudence.
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Book details

List price: $129.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 364
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Introduction : the idea of law
Law anchored to a cosmic order
The Christian revision
St. Augustine
St. Thomas Aquinas
The modern quest
Thomas Hobbes
John Locke
Immanuel Kant
Jeremy Bentham
The significance of rules
From historical jurisprudence of realism : Savigny, Jhering, Duguit, Holmes, Gray, Frank
The defense of rules : Edward Levi, Hans Kelsen, H. L. A. Hart
The idea of law repudiated
Marxist theories
Political jurisprudence I : from realism to feminist jurisprudence
Political jurisprudence II : Ronald Dworkin
New foundations
A skeptical jurisprudence : Michael Oakeshott
Postscript : morality, individualism, and law