Basic Concepts of Legal Thought

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byGeorge P. Fletcher

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In this one-of-a-kind text, George P. Fletcher, a renowned legal theorist, offers a provocative yet accessible overview of the basics of legal thought. The first section of the book is designed to introduce the reader to fundamental concepts such as the rule of law and deciding cases under thelaw. It continues with an analysis of the values of justice, desert, consent, and equality, as they figure into our judgment of legal cultures in terms of soundness and legitimacy. The final chapters address the problems of morality and consistency in the law. In each case the author not onlyintroduces the basic ideas but considers important arguments in the contemporary literature and raises original claims of his own. Ideally suited for courses in the philosophy of law, legal issues, and jurisprudence, Basic Concepts of Legal Thought fills a void in the literature, as there is noother volume that both eases law students into the mysteries of legal philosophy and provides an introduction to the legal mind for non-lawyers.

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In contemporary American society, law has nearly achieved the status of civil religion. Legal issues pervade many aspects of daily life; the media report aggressively on trials, pending legislation, and new decisions by the courts. Legally trained executives now run major motion picture studios, corporations, and universities. They spe...

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In this one-of-a-kind text, George P. Fletcher, a renowned legal theorist, offers a provocative yet accessible overview of the basics of legal thought. The first section of the book is designed to introduce the reader to fundamental concepts such as the rule of law and deciding cases under thelaw. It continues with an analysis of the v...

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In contemporary American society, law has nearly achieved the status of civil religion. Legal issues pervade many aspects of daily life; the media report aggressively on trials, pending legislation, and new decisions by the courts. Legally trained executives now run major motion picture studios, corporations, and universities. They spe...

George P. Fletcher is at Columbia University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.14 × 9.13 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083369

ISBN - 13:9780195083361

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The Legal System1. The Rule of Law2. Law3. Rules and Discretions4. DiscoursePart II: Some Ultimate Values5. Justice6. Desert7. Consent8. MoralityPart III: Morality in the Law9. 10. Efficiency11. Loyalty12. ConsistencyIndex

From Our Editors

In contemporary American society, law has nearly achieved the status of civil religion. Legal issues pervade many aspects of daily life; the media report aggressively on trials, pending legislation, and new decisions by the courts. Legally trained executives now run major motion picture studios, corporations, and universities. They speak to each other in the language of jurisprudence. Understanding the law today is an important aspect of literacy in American culture.

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"The scholarship is excellent, indeed impressive, displaying a mastery of both historical and current materials of analytical and continental jurisprudence, and a familiarity with legal systems outside the western tradition..."--Patricia Smith, University of Kentucky