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The Concept of Law is the most important and original work of legal philosophy written this century. First published in 1961, it is considered the masterpiece of H.L.A. Hart's enormous contribution to the study of jurisprudence and legal philosophy. Its elegant language and balanced arguments have sparked wide debate and unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of scholarship in this area — much of it devoted to attacking or defending Hart's theories. Principal among Hart's critics is renowned lawyer and political philosopher Ronald Dworkin who in the 1970s and 80s mounted a series of challenges to Hart's Concept of Law. It seemed that Hart let these challenges go unanswered until, after his death in 1992, his answer to Dworkin's criticism was discovered among his papers.

In this valuable and long-awaited new edition Hart presents an Epilogue in which he answers Dworkin and some of his other most influential critics including Fuller and Finnis. Written with the same clarity and candor for which the first edition is famous, the Epilogue offers a sharper interpretation of Hart's own views, rebuffs the arguments of critics like Dworkin, and powerfully asserts that they have based their criticisms on a faulty understanding of Hart's work. Hart demonstrates that Dworkin's views are in fact strikingly similar to his own. In a final analysis, Hart'sresponse leaves Dworkin's criticisms considerably weakened and his positions largely in question.

Containing Hart's final and powerful response to Dworkin in addition to the revised text of the original Concept of Law, this thought-provoking and persuasively argued volume is essential reading for lawyers and philosophers throughout the world.

Synopsis:

A second revised edition in the CLARENDON LAW series, of Hart's textbook on jurisprudence and legal philosophy first published in 1961. This edition contains an epilogue discovered only after the author's death, in which he defends his work against his critics and re-examines the foundations of his philisophy.

Synopsis:

The Concept of Law is the most important and original work of legal philosophy written this century. First published in 1961, it is considered the masterpiece of H.L.A. Hart's enormous contribution to the study of jurisprudence and legal philosophy. Its elegant language and balanced arguments have sparked wide debate and unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of scholarship in this area--much of it devoted to attacking or defending Hart's theories. Principal among Hart's critics is renowned lawyer and political philosopher Ronald Dworkin who in the 1970s and 80s mounted a series of challenges to Hart's Concept of Law. It seemed that Hart let these challenges go unanswered until, after his death in 1992, his answer to Dworkin's criticism was discovered among his papers.

In this valuable and long-awaited new edition Hart presents an Epilogue in which he answers Dworkin and some of his other most influential critics including Fuller and Finnis. Written with the same clarity and candor for which the first edition is famous, the Epilogue offers a sharper interpretation of Hart's own views, rebuffs the arguments of critics like Dworkin, and powerfully asserts that they have based their criticisms on a faulty understanding of Hart's work. Hart demonstrates that Dworkin's views are in fact strikingly similar to his own. In a final analysis, Hart's response leaves Dworkin's criticisms considerably weakened and his positions largely in question.

Containing Hart's final and powerful response to Dworkin in addition to the revised text of the original Concept of Law, this thought-provoking and persuasively argued volume is essential reading for lawyers and philosophers throughout the world.

About the Author

H.L.A. Hart was formerly Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford University, Principal of Brasenose College, and Fellow of University College.

About the Editors:
Joseph Raz and Penelope Bulloch are both Professors at Balliol College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Persistent Questions
Laws, Commands, and Orders
The Variety of Laws
Sovereign and Subject
Law as the Union of Primary and Secondary Rules
The Foundations of a Legal System
Formalism and Rule-Scepticism
Justice and Morality
Laws and Morals
International Law

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198761235
Author:
Hart, Raz Bulloch
Author:
Hart, H. L.
With:
Bulloch, Penelope
Author:
null, Joseph
Author:
Raz, Joseph
Author:
null, H. L. A.
Author:
Hart, H. L. A.
Author:
null, Penelope
Author:
Bulloch, Penelope
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Jurisprudence
Subject:
Law
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
Law | Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second
Series:
Clarendon Law Series
Publication Date:
19970626
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.52x5.48x.72 in. .90 lbs.

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Product details 328 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780198761235 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A second revised edition in the CLARENDON LAW series, of Hart's textbook on jurisprudence and legal philosophy first published in 1961. This edition contains an epilogue discovered only after the author's death, in which he defends his work against his critics and re-examines the foundations of his philisophy.
"Synopsis" by , The Concept of Law is the most important and original work of legal philosophy written this century. First published in 1961, it is considered the masterpiece of H.L.A. Hart's enormous contribution to the study of jurisprudence and legal philosophy. Its elegant language and balanced arguments have sparked wide debate and unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of scholarship in this area--much of it devoted to attacking or defending Hart's theories. Principal among Hart's critics is renowned lawyer and political philosopher Ronald Dworkin who in the 1970s and 80s mounted a series of challenges to Hart's Concept of Law. It seemed that Hart let these challenges go unanswered until, after his death in 1992, his answer to Dworkin's criticism was discovered among his papers.

In this valuable and long-awaited new edition Hart presents an Epilogue in which he answers Dworkin and some of his other most influential critics including Fuller and Finnis. Written with the same clarity and candor for which the first edition is famous, the Epilogue offers a sharper interpretation of Hart's own views, rebuffs the arguments of critics like Dworkin, and powerfully asserts that they have based their criticisms on a faulty understanding of Hart's work. Hart demonstrates that Dworkin's views are in fact strikingly similar to his own. In a final analysis, Hart's response leaves Dworkin's criticisms considerably weakened and his positions largely in question.

Containing Hart's final and powerful response to Dworkin in addition to the revised text of the original Concept of Law, this thought-provoking and persuasively argued volume is essential reading for lawyers and philosophers throughout the world.

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