Philosophical Problems in the Law / Edition 1

Philosophical Problems in the Law / Edition 1

by David M. Adams
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Philosophical Problems in the Law / Edition 1

Philosophical Problems in the Law stimulates curiosity about legal questions. Its clear and accessible style allows even first-time philosophy students to understand and get excited about the subject. The book speaks to today's diverse student population through contemporary court cases and current controversies. These cases provide an excellent platform to learn the basic concepts in philosophy of the law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780534163389
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 09/28/1991
Pages: 616
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

David M. Adams received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and a law degree from Stanford Law School. His publications include articles in legal theory, ethics, social philosophy, and bioethics. He currently teaches at California State Polytechnic University—Pomona, where he serves as the director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Policy.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. I. THE NATURE OF LAW AND LEGAL REASONING. Philosophy and the Law. What is Law? Classical Theories of Law. Modern Theories of Law. Contemporary Perspectives. Legal Reasoning and the Constitution. Cases for Further Reflection. II. LAW, LIBERTY, AND MORALITY. Boundaries of the Law: Enforcing Morality and Justifying Disobedience. Freedom of Expression and Hate-Speech. Obscenity and Pornography. Freedom of Religion. Cases for Further Reflection. III. EQUALITY AND THE LAW. Constitutional Equality and Preferential Treatment. Sex, Gender, and Equality. Cases for Further Reflection. IV. CRIMINAL LAW. What is a Crime? Justification and Excuse. The Aims and Limits of Criminal Punishment. Death. Cases for Further Reflection. V. TORT LAW. Justice, Compensation, and Tort. Causation and Liability. Acts, Omissions, and the Duty to Rescue. Cases for Further Reflection. APPENDIX 1: Legal Citations and Law Reports. APPENDIX 2: Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. APPENDIX 3: Legal Resources on the Internet. GLOSSARY OF LEGAL TERMS.

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