Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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The concept of law lies at the heart of our social and political life, shaping the character of our community and underlying issues from racism and abortion to human rights and international war.

But what actually is law? A set of naturally occurring moral principles, or simply rules agreed by a particular society? What is a 'right' and what rights should people actually ...
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Overview

The concept of law lies at the heart of our social and political life, shaping the character of our community and underlying issues from racism and abortion to human rights and international war.

But what actually is law? A set of naturally occurring moral principles, or simply rules agreed by a particular society? What is a 'right' and what rights should people actually have? Is law really colour-blind and gender-blind? Can the law truly tell us whether gay marriages are immoral, what's wrong with racism, or whether we should go to war?

Revealing the intriguing and challenging nature of legal philosophy with clarity and enthusiasm, Raymond Wacks explores the notion of law and its role in our lives. Referring to key thinkers from Aristotle to Rawls, Bentham, Dworkin, H.L.A. Hart and Derrida, he looks at the central questions behind legal theory that have fascinated lawyers and philosophers - and anyone - who ever wondered about law's relation to justice, morality, and democracy.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191578175
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Raymond Wacks is Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory. His areas of interest are legal theory, privacy, and human rights, and he has published numerous books and articles on various aspects of law, including Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory (OUP, 2012), Law: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008), and Privacy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Natural law
2. Legal positivism
3. Dworkin: the moral integrity of law
4. Rights and justice
5. Law and society
6. Critical legal theory
7. Understanding law: a very short epilogue
References
Further reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Tough read for non-expert

    Conciseness limits utility for non-specialist in philosophy.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Possible fix

    Had this problem with several books recently. Updating to OS v1.2.1 fixed it.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    DO NOT GET FOR NOOK(COLOR)

    The content within this book is very helpful and easy to understand but when I got this book back in December for my NookColor; I have had nothing but trouble ever since with it! Every time I open the book it closes down after about two seconds. I have reported this issue three times and each time I am told to do the same thing and it does not help! Save your time and money and do not get this book for this device. It does work on PC and Droid phones. So if you like reading in either one of those ways then by all means get this ebook.

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