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Readings in the Philosophy of Law

ISBN: 9780205708093 | 0205708099
Edition: 5th
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 10/26/2009

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This anthology of classical, contemporary, philosophical and legal essays/cases focuses on legal philosophy as its own subject-rather than being a part of social/political philosophy or applied ethics. The essays within this reader focus on how law is organized and the particular philosophical issues that it raises. The book requires students to think through actual debatesmany of them still currently in the courts. This updated edition contains many more legal cases that make for balanced class discussion (for example, readings include both the majority opinion and a dissenting opinion). Initial sections on legal practice, legal reasoning, and the nature of law are followed by discussions of criminal, tort, contract, property and constitutional law. Also includes strong religious freedom and equality and the constitution coverage. For lawyers or philosophers studying legal philosophy.

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