Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory: All Roads Lead to Man / Edition 1

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This carefully selected set of readings presents some of the most important articles in the field. The collection is essential reading for anyone with an interest in legal philosophy.

  • Gathers together some of the most important articles in the field of philosophy of law and legal theory.
  • Complements Dennis Patterson's A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (Blackwell, 1999).
  • Represents essential reading for the beginning law student.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘Patterson collects fifteen of the classic articles in legal theory and presents them whole. The book provides an excellent introduction to several of the major topics making it useful both as a student text and as a sourcebook for academics and non-academics alike.’ Larry Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law

‘A wonderful selection from the classics in legal theory. It should prove an excellent and invaluable text for classroom use.’ Brian Bix, University of Minnesota, author of Jurisprudence: Theory and Context

‘Dennis Patterson has produced a fine anthology, one that will be particularly useful for those interested in learning about recent debates in analytic jurisprudence.’ Jeremy Waldron, Columbia Law School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631202875
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Philosophy Anthologies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Patterson is Distinguished Professor of Law (Camden) and Philosophy (New Brunswick) at Rutgers University. He is the author of Law and Truth (1996) and editor of A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (Blackwell, 1996). He has been a Fellow in the Politics Department at Princeton University and a Visiting Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Vienna.

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Table of Contents




1. The Path of the Law (O.W. Holmes).

2. A Realistic Jurisprudence - The Next Step (Karl Llewellyn).

3. The Model of Rules (Ronald Dworkin).


4. Positivism and the Separation of Law and Morals (H.L.A. Hart).

5. Positivism and Fidelity to Law: A Reply to Professor Hart (Lon L. Fuller).

6. Negative and Positive Positivism (Jules L. Coleman).

7. On the Incoherence of Legal Positivism (john Finnis).


8. Hard Cases (Ronald Dworkin).

9. What has Pragmatism to Offer Law (Richard A. Posner).


10. Form and Substance in Private Law Adjudication (Duncan Kennedy).

11. Legal Indeterminacy (Ken Kress).


12. Some Fundamental Legal Conceptions as Applied in Judicial Reasoning (Wesley N. Hohfeld).


13. Legal Formalism: On the Immanent Rationality of Law (Ernest F. Weinrib).

14. Law as Interpretation (Ronald Dworkin).

15. The Problem of Social Cost (Ronald H. Coase).


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