Category Archives: Jurisprudence

Kant’s Doctrine of Right: A Commentary

Published in 1797, the Doctrine of Right is Kant’s most significant contribution to legal and political philosophy. As the first part of the Metaphysics of Morals, it deals with the legal rights which persons have or can acquire, and aims … Continue reading

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Form and Function in a Legal System: A General Study

This book addresses three major questions about law and legal systems: (1) What are the defining and organizing forms of legal institutions, legal rules, interpretive methodologies, and other legal phenomena? (2) How does frontal and systematic focus on these forms … Continue reading

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General Jurisprudence: Understanding Law from a Global Perspective (Law in Context)

This book explores how globalisation influences the understanding of law. Adopting a broad concept of law and a global perspective, it critically reviews mainstream Western traditions of academic law and legal theory. Its central thesis is that most processes of … Continue reading

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Law as Institutional Normative Order (The Edinburgh Center for Law and Society)

MacCormick’s “Institutions of Law” is the culmination of a lifetime’s work in legal theory by one of the world’s most respected legal theorists. Featuring an impressive collection of contributions from well-known legal theorists from around the world, all of whom … Continue reading

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The Judicial Assessment of Expert Evidence

Justice systems increasingly rely on expert evidence. We are therefore obliged to justify the courts’ ability to assess this evidence, especially when the courts must resolve disagreements between experts or address possible bias. By reintegrating contemporary evidence theory with applied … Continue reading

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Memory, Imagination, Justice (Law, Justice and Power)

Through the creative use of literary analysis, “Memory, Imagination, Justice” provides a critical and highly original discussion of contemporary topics in criminal law and also in bioethics. Author David Gurnham uses popular and classical texts, by authors including Shakespeare, Dickens, … Continue reading

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On Philosophy in American Law

In recent years there has been tremendous growth of interest in the connections between law and philosophy, but the diversity of approaches that claim to be working at the intersection of philosophy and law might suggest that this area of … Continue reading

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Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law)

This book presents a comprehensive overview of what the criminal law would look like if organized around the principle that those who deserve punishment should receive punishment commensurate with, but no greater than, that which they deserve. Larry Alexander and … Continue reading

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On Human Rights

What is a human right? How can we tell whether a proposed human right really is one? How do we establish the content of particular human rights, and how do we resolve conflicts between them? These are pressing questions for … Continue reading

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Overcriminalization: The Limits of the Criminal Law

The United States today suffers from too much criminal law and too much punishment. Husak describes the phenomena in some detail and explores their relation, and why these trends produce massive injustice. His primary goal is to defend a set … Continue reading

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