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Roscoe Pound and Karl Llewellyn: Searching for an American Jurisprudenceby N. E. H. Hull
Synopses & Reviews
American legal history is traditionally viewed as a series of schools of thought or landmark court decisions, not as the work of individuals. Here, N. E. H. Hull tells the pivotal story of American jurisprudence through two of its most influential shapers: Karl Llewellyn, father of legal realism, poet, and mercurial romantic, and Roscoe Pound, iron-willed leader of sociological jurisprudence. These theorists adapted the legal profession to the changing needs of twentieth-century America.
Through meticulous archival research, Hull shows how the intellectual battles of the day took place against a network of private and public relationships and demonstrates how Pound's and Llewellyn's ideas of jurisprudence sprang from a kind of intellectual bricolage, the pragmatic assemblage of parts rather than the development of a unified whole, that is peculiarly American. Humorous, engaging, and provocative, Roscoe Pound and Karl Llewellyn uncovers the roots of American jurisprudence in the lives of two of its most compelling figures.
Book News Annotation:
Hull (law and history, Rutgers U.) charts the efforts of Pound and Llewellyn from the post-Civil War period to the middle of this century to discover an overarching principle of American legal thinking. She emphasizes the legal thinkers' reliance on both private networks and the public discourse of articles, speeches, and books; and she proposes that 20th-century American jurisprudence is more a kind of intellectual bricolage than a unified whole.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
Introduction: Discourse, Networks, and Bricolage
Prologue: The Crisis of American Jurisprudence
Ch. 1: Pound Discovers Sociology and Leaves the Prairie
Ch. 2: Pound Finds Joy and Heartache at Harvard
Ch. 3: Pound Expounds and Llewellyn Has a New idea
Ch. 4: Llewellyn, Pound, and Their Friends Squabble
Ch. 5: Legal Realism and Other Ideas Are Put to the Test
Ch. 6: Pound Moves to the Right and Llewellyn Applies Himself
Conclusion: The Romantic and the Encylopedist
Appendix: Llewellyn's Lists of Realists
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