Understanding Jurisprudence by Raymond WacksUnderstanding Jurisprudence by Raymond Wacks

Understanding Jurisprudence

byRaymond Wacks

Paperback | March 12, 2015

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With a clear, engaging, and informal style, Understanding Jurisprudence is the perfect guide for students new to legal theory looking for a handy and stimulating starting point to this sometimes daunting subject. Key theories and theorists are introduced in a compact and practicable format, offering an accessible account of the central ideas without oversimplification. Further reading suggestions are included throughout, helping students to structure their research and navigate the jurisprudences extensiveliterature. Critical questions are also included in each chapter, to encourage students to think analytically about the law and legal theory, and the numerous debates that it generates. Professor Wacks is an experienced teacher of jurisprudence and excels in providing a concise, student-friendly introduction to the subject, without avoiding the subtleties of this fascinating discipline. An extensive Online Resource Centre also accompanies this text (www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/wacks4e/) and includes the following resources to support your studies: * Author analysis of topical controversies such as political debates and current legal problems* Interactive self-test glossary of key terms * Additional chapters on approaching the study of jurisprudence, including revision and examination tips* Further reading suggestions, including links to relevant and recent journal articles* Self-test questions on the key ideas from each chapter, with instant feedback
Professor Raymond Wacks has taught jurisprudence around the world for over thirty years. He has published more than twenty books and numerous articles on legal philosophy, the right of privacy, and human and animal rights. He is also the author of Law: A Very Short Introduction and Privacy and Media Freedom (both published by Oxford Un...
Title:Understanding JurisprudenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198723865

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Table of Contents

1. What's it all about?2. Natural law and morality3. Classical legal positivism4. Modern legal positivism5. Dworkin and the moral integrity of law6. Legal realism7. Law and social theory8. Historical and anthropological jurisprudence9. Theories of justice10. Rights11. Why obey the law?12. Why punish?13. Critical legal theory14. Feminist and critical race theory15. Jurisprudence understood?

Editorial Reviews

"The plentiful discussion topics and Wacks' delightful style make this an impressive read." --William A. Edmundson, Regents' Professor of Law and of Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta