Normative Jurisprudence: An Introduction

Normative Jurisprudence: An Introduction

by Robin West
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521738296

ISBN-13: 9780521738293

Pub. Date: 08/22/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Normative Jurisprudence aims to reinvigorate normative legal scholarship that both criticizes positive law and suggests reforms for it, on the basis of stated moral values and legalistic ideals. It looks sequentially and in detail at the three major traditions in jurisprudence – natural law, legal positivism, and critical legal studies – that have in

Overview

Normative Jurisprudence aims to reinvigorate normative legal scholarship that both criticizes positive law and suggests reforms for it, on the basis of stated moral values and legalistic ideals. It looks sequentially and in detail at the three major traditions in jurisprudence – natural law, legal positivism, and critical legal studies – that have in the past provided philosophical foundations for just such normative scholarship. Over the last fifty years or so, all of these traditions, although for different reasons, have taken a number of different turns – toward empirical analysis, conceptual analysis, or Foucaultian critique – and away from straightforward normative criticism. As a result, normative legal scholarship – scholarship that is aimed at criticism and reform – is now lacking a foundation in jurisprudential thought. The book criticizes those developments and suggests a return, albeit with different and in many ways larger challenges, to this traditional understanding of the purpose of legal scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521738293
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2011
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Revitalizing natural law; 2. Legal positivism, censorial jurisprudence, and legal reform; 3. Critical legal studies – the missing years; 4. Reconstructing normative jurisprudence.

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