Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory


ISBN13: 9780198723868
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780199608263
Published: January 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback


With its clear and entertaining writing style, Understanding Jurisprudence is the perfect guide for students new to legal theory and looking for an accessible introduction to the subject.

Key theories and theorists are introduced in a compact and easy-to-read format, offering an engaging account of the central ideas without oversimplification. Key quotes from leading scholars are included throughout the text, introducing you to their work and its impact on legal philosophy, while further reading suggestions help you to navigate the broad range of literature available in this area.

Each chapter concludes with a series of critical questions designed to encourage you to think analytically about the law and the key ideas and debates which surround it. Professor Wacks is an experienced teacher of jurisprudence and excels in providing a concise, student-friendly introduction to the subject, without avoiding the subtleties of this fascinating discipline.

An extensive Online Resource Centre also accompanies this text and includes the following resources to support your studies: - Author analysis of topical controversies such as political debates and current legal problems - Interactive self-test glossary of key terms - Additional chapters on approaching the study of jurisprudence, including revision and examination tips - Further reading suggestions, including links to relevant and recent journal articles - Self-test questions on the key ideas from each chapter, with instant feedback

1. Introduction
2. Natural law and morality
3. Classical legal positivism
4. Modern legal positivism
5. Dworkin and the moral integrity of law
6. Legal realism
7. Law and social theory
8. Historical and anthropological jurisprudence
9. Theories of justice
10. Rights
11. Why obey the law?
12. Why punish?
13. Critical legal theory
14. Feminist and critical race theory
15. Jurisprudence understood?