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Overview

Beginning with the deceptively simple question "What is law?" Philosophy of Law introduces readers to the basic analytical and normative issues in the field. The volume is a wide-ranging text that discusses the concepts of law, highlights key historical and contemporary thinkers who have shaped the discourse, and provides a unified treatment of the various issues in the philosophy of law.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Mark Murphy is the most interesting and original natural law theorist of his generation, and this wide-ranging, learned, and lucid introduction to legal philosophy will be the text of choice for any student or philosopher who wants a philosophically sophisticated survey of the major topics that, at the same time, makes clear the continuing attraction of the natural law tradition."
Brian Leiter, University of Texas at Austin

"Murphy executes a masterly and enlightening challenge to fashionable claims that ‘all is not well’ with the law and its philosophy. Fully accessible to general audiences, his book will also inform and engage the specialist reader."
William A. Edmundson, Georgia State University

"Philosophy of Law itself is a well designed book on several levels ... Murphy hooks you from the start."
Stuart Hannabuss, Aberdeen Buisness School, Robert Gordon University

“A concise, well balanced, and articulate discussion. The author has the capacity to present complex material with ease to its audience… A highly captivating interpretation of the philosophy of law”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405129466
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/21/2006
  • Series: Fundamentals of Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark C. Murphy is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, where he works in moral, political, and legal philosophy. He is the author of Natural Law and Practical Rationality (2001), An Essay on Divine Authority (2002), and Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics (2006), and the editor of Alasdair MacIntyre (2003).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Analytical fundamentals : the concept of law 14
Ch. 2 Normative fundamentals : the basic roles of paradigmatic legal systems 49
Ch. 3 The aims of law 81
Ch. 4 The nature and aims of the criminal law 112
Ch. 5 The nature and aims of tort law 146
Ch. 6 Challenging the law 183
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