A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream by Nicola LaceyA Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream by Nicola Lacey

A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream

byNicola Lacey

Paperback | May 12, 2006

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Shortlisted for the 2005 British Academy Book prize, Nicola Lacey's entrancing biography recounts the life of H.L.A. Hart, the pre-eminent legal philosopher of the twentieth century. Following Hart's life from modest origins as the son of Jewish tailor parents in Yorkshire to worldwide fameas the most influential English-speaking legal theorist of the post-War era, the book traces his successive metamorphoses; from Yorkshire schoolboy to Oxford scholar, from government intelligence officer to Professor of Jurisprudence, from awkward batchelor to family figurehead. In the tradition of Ray Monk's biography of Wittgenstein, Nicola Lacey paints an absorbing picture of intellectual and psychological development, of a mind struggling to cope with intellectual self-doubt, uncertain sexuality, a difficult marriage and an anti-semitic society. In depicting theevolution of Hart's life and mind, Lacey provides a vivid recreation of both the intellectual and social climate of Oxford in the post-War era.
Nicola Lacey is Professor of Criminal Law, at the London School of Economics, and Adjunct Professor of Social and Political Theory, at the Research School of Social Sciences of the Australian National University.
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Title:A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble DreamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:May 12, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsBiographer's Note on Approach and SourcesIntroduction: An Outsider on the InsideI North and South1. Harrogate, Cheltenham, Bradford2. An Oxford Scholar3. Success Snatched from Defeat: London and the BarII Change and Continuity4. Jenifer5. From the Inns of Court to Military Intelligence: MI5, Marriage, and Fatherhood6. Oxford from the Other Side of the FenceIII The Golden Age7. Selling Philosophy to the Lawyers: The Chair of Jurisprudence8. American Jurisprudence through English Eyes: Harvard 1956 - 79. Law in the Perspective of Philosophy: Causation in the Law, The Concept of Law10. West and East, California and Israel: Law, Liberty, and Morality; Kelsen Visited; The Morality of the Criminal Law11. Discipline, Punishment, and ResponsibilityIV After the Chair12. Old Turks and Young Fogeys: Bentham and Brasenose13. The Nightmare and the Noble DreamNotesBibliographyBiographical Details of Figures Appearing in the BookIndex

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`This is a stunning achievement. Nicola Lacey has thrown a wonderful light, not only on H.L.A. Hart, the man his life, his marriage, his war-work, his sexuality, his self-doubt, his experience of anti-Semitism but also on the Oxford of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and by extension thecircle of friends in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in New York, in Jerusalem, and all over the world in whose company he developed his ideas and made his massive contribution to jurisprudence.'Jeremy Waldron, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law and Philosophy, Columbia University