Normative Jurisprudence: An Introduction by Robin WestNormative Jurisprudence: An Introduction by Robin West

Normative Jurisprudence: An Introduction

byRobin West

Paperback | August 22, 2011

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Normative Jurisprudence aims to reinvigorate normative legal scholarship that both criticizes positive law and suggests reforms for it, on the basis of stated moral values and legalistic ideals. It looks sequentially and in detail at the three major traditions in jurisprudence - natural law, legal positivism, and critical legal studies - that have in the past provided philosophical foundations for just such normative scholarship. Over the last fifty years or so, all of these traditions, although for different reasons, have taken a number of different turns - toward empirical analysis, conceptual analysis, or Foucaultian critique - and away from straightforward normative criticism. As a result, normative legal scholarship - scholarship that is aimed at criticism and reform - is now lacking a foundation in jurisprudential thought. The book criticizes those developments and suggests a return, albeit with different and in many ways larger challenges, to this traditional understanding of the purpose of legal scholarship.
Title:Normative Jurisprudence: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:August 22, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521738296

ISBN - 13:9780521738293


Table of Contents

1. Revitalizing natural law; 2. Legal positivism, censorial jurisprudence, and legal reform; 3. Critical legal studies - the missing years; 4. Reconstructing normative jurisprudence.

Editorial Reviews

"Robin West's brilliant book puts the state of normative legal theory in a new light by showing the motives that brought the major theories into being and the contingencies and confusions that laid them low. She gives reason to think we could, and should, have a much richer normative discussion about law than we do. This book is instructive, surprising, and full of well-earned inspiration for the next generation of legal thought." Jedediah Purdy Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law