A Dictionary of Legal Theory

Hardcover | September 8, 2004

byBrian Bix

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Modern legal theory contains a wide range of approaches and topics: from economic analysis of law to feminist legal theory to traditional analytical legal philosophy to a range of theories about justice. This healthy variety of jurisprudential work has created a problem: students and theoristsworking in one tradition may have difficulty understanding the concepts and terminology of a different tradition. This book works to make terminology and ways of thinking accessible. This dictionary covers topics from 'the autonomy of law' to the 'will theory of rights', from 'autopoiesis' to 'wealth maximization', and from 'John Austin' to 'Ludwig Wittgenstein'. The most important concepts and ideas are presented in a simple dictionary format. There are also many longerentries, where the initial definition gives an accessible explanation, but the entry goes on to give more detailed information about the history of an idea and the debates currently surrounding it.

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Modern legal theory contains a wide range of approaches and topics: from economic analysis of law to feminist legal theory to traditional analytical legal philosophy to a range of theories about justice. This healthy variety of jurisprudential work has created a problem: students and theoristsworking in one tradition may have difficult...

Brian Bix is Frederick W. Thomas Professor of Law and Philosophyat the University of Minnesota.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.73 inPublished:September 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199244626

ISBN - 13:9780199244621

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`The one book on Philosophy of Law I urge you to buy is A Dictionary of Legal Theory..., a work which you will find accessible and easy to understand ... The great overall contribution by Brian H. Bix, in his books on the philosophy of law, is that he takes concepts that were previouslyabstract and dry and make them accessible, comprehensible, and interesting! Bix has a talent for making the field of legal philosophy available to the non-expert reader in a thorough, lucid, and engaging way. His genius also is in his ability to take a complex legal problem and go to the jugularinstantly, dissecting the problems component parts with surgical skill and providing an excellent analysis and solution and I look forward to the publication of his many other works...'Howard Wieder, Queens Bar Bulletin