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Concept of Law

Concept of Law - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0198761235

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ISBN13: 978-0198761235
ISBN10: 0198761236
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1994
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Concept of Law - 2ND 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0198761235

H. L. A. Hart

ISBN13: 978-0198761235
ISBN10: 0198761236
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 94
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

First published in 1961, The Concept of Law is the most important and original work of legal philosophy written this century. It is considered the masterpiece of H.L.A. Hart's enormous contribution to the study of jurisprudence and legal philosophy. Its elegant language and balanced arguments have sparked wide debate and unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of scholarship in this area--much of it devoted to attacking or defending Hart's theories. Principal among Hart's critics is renowned lawyer and political philosopher Ronald Dworkin who in the 1970s and 1980s mounted a series of challenges to Hart's The Concept of Law. It seemed that Hart let these challenges go unanswered. However, after his death in 1992, his answer to Dworkin's criticism was discovered among his papers.

In this valuable and long-awaited new edition Hart presents an Epilogue in which he answers Dworkin and some of his other most influential critics including Fuller and Finnis. Written with the same clarity and candor for which the first edition is famous, the Epilogue offers a sharper interpretation of Hart's own views, rebuffs the arguments of critics like Dworkin, and powerfully asserts that they have based their criticisms on a faulty understanding of Hart's work. Hart demonstrates that Dworkin's views are in fact strikingly similar to his own and in a final analysis, Hart's response leaves Dworkin's criticisms considerably weakened and his positions largely in question.

Containing Hart's final and powerful response to Dworkin in addition to the revised text of the original The Concept of Law, this thought-provoking and persuasively argued volume is essential reading for lawyers and philosophers throughout the world.

"Strikingly bold and original."--Juridical Review (on the previous edition).

  • Continues to spark debate within the area of legal philosophy, offering the same clarity and candor as with the first edition


Table of Contents

Persistent Questions
Laws, Commands, and Orders
The Variety of Laws
Sovereign and Subject
Law as the Union of Primary and Secondary Rules
The Foundations of a Legal System
Formalism and Rule-Scepticism
Justice and Morality
Laws and Morals
International Law

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