The Mysterious Science of the Law: An Essay on Blackstone's Commentaries / Edition 2

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Referred to as the "bible of American lawyers," Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England shaped the principles of law in both England and America when its first volume appeared in 1765. For the next century that law remained what Blackstone made of it. Daniel J. Boorstin examines why Commentaries became the most essential knowledge that any lawyer needed to acquire. Set against the intellectual values of the eighteenth century-and the notions of Reason, Nature, and the Sublime—Commentaries is at last fitted into its social setting. Boorstin has provided a concise intellectual history of the time, illustrating all the elegance, social values, and internal contradictions of the Age of Reason.
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The author infuses this history with a sense of the impact of Christianity on the lives and beliefs of ordinary men and women. In addition to tracing Christianity's origins as a Jewish sect, the history of its spread, and the growth of its institutions, he explains the evolution of the faith's artistic expression in architecture, painting, rituals, and music. He also discusses the Church's role in caring within the community--both medical and pastoral care--and its shifting attitudes to cruelty and war. The volume is abundantly illustrated with color and b&w reproductions and photos; and the author's integrated discussion of art, history, and beliefs gives it wide appeal to both scholars and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226064987
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,044,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword
Preface
Introduction
I: The Law: Science and Mystery
II: The Use of History
III: The Tendency of History
IV: The Use of Aesthetics
V: The Limits of Reason
VI: The Methods of Reason
VII: Humanity
VIII: Liberty
IX: Property
Conclusion: The Advantage of Being a Reasonable Creature
Notes
A Layman's Glossary
Index
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