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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law
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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law (Hardback)

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The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law provides a comprehensive, non-technical philosophical treatment of the fundamental questions about the nature of law. Its coverage includes law's relation to morality and the moral obligations to obey the law, the main philosophical debates about particular legal areas such as criminal responsibility, property, contracts, family law, law and justice in the international domain, legal paternalism and the rule of law.





The entirely new content has been written specifically for newcomers to the field, making the volume particularly useful for undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of law and related areas. All 39 chapters, written by the world's leading researchers and edited by an internationally distinguished scholar, bring a focused, philosophical perspective to their subjects. The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law promises to be a valuable and much consulted student resource for many years.

LawJurisprudence & general issuesJurisprudence & philosophy of lawLawJurisprudence & general issuesSystems of lawCommon lawPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheorySocial & political philosophy Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 21/03/2012 ISBN-13: 9780415878180  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Andrei Marmor is Professor of Philosophy and Maurice Jones Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Southern California.

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FOR NEWCOMERS TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW – AN ACCESSIBLE, FOCUSED AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING STUDY CONTAINING BRAND NEW MATERIAL An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers There are 14 titles in the much acclaimed ‘Routledge Philosophy Companions’ series, and ‘The Routledge Companion to Philosophy Of Law’ is the latest. Certainly this is the title that will confer maximum interest and benefit to students of law and for that matter, experienced practitioners as well. Under the able editorship of Professor Andrei Marmor of the University of Southern California, the book presents a compendium of leaned articles and essays by no less than 39 academics from a who’s who of distinguished universities worldwide, from, for example, the University of California at Berkeley, to Oxford and Cambridge. The aim of the book is to provide, in our opinion, thoughtful, scholarly, precisely analytical, yet clearly expressed examinations of an amazingly wide range of jurisprudential issues which lie within the purview of ‘philosophy of law’. The publishers assure us that the content is entirely new and written specifically for newcomers to the field. For undergraduate and graduate students in law and/or related fields, this book is a boon. The essays are grouped logically under six categories which include: Theories about the Nature of Law… Legal Reasoning… Theories of Legal Areas… Law as a Coercive Order… Moral Obligations to Law… and Rights and Equality. Under the latter heading there is much thought provoking commentary on some very topical issues relating to freedom of speech, including equality, rights and privacy. ‘Is pornography speech?’ is one of the questions asked, or is it an act? Part II on Legal Reasoning is also noteworthy, as is Part III --Theories of Legal Areas -- which includes articles on criminal law, contract, torts, property, family, evidence, international law and environmental law. As Marmor points out in the Preface, the essays are introductory in nature and while they don’t assume that the reader will have any prior knowledge of this field, they do ‘try to advance the ball.’ ‘As readers will come to realize,’ he continues, ‘philosophy of law is very close entangled with other philosophical areas, in particular, moral and political philosophy’ and so forth. If you are a law student studying jurisprudence this book will both expand and clarify any number of issues for you while enhancing your understanding of the subject matter, which is often considered abstruse. Even for the non-philosophers among us, the book contains much food for thought. For your further enquiry and research, there are extensive bibliographical references and suggestions for further reading, as well as a detailed index at the back for ease of use. The publication date is 2012.

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