Philosophy of Law: An Introduction

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Philosophy of Law: An Introduction provides an ideal starting point for students of philosophy and law as it assumse no prior knowledge of either subject.

The book is structured around the key issues and themes in the philosophy of law, including:

  • what is the law? - exploring the major legal theories of realism, positivism and natural law
  • the reach of the law - covering authority, rights, liberty, privacy and tolerance
  • criminal responsibility and punishment -  including legal defenses, crime, diminished responsibility and theories of punishment.

The second edition is updated with important developments in English law, the general impact of the Human Rights Act and the defence of necessity in relation to the Case of the Conjoined Twins. Radical Marxism, feminist, critical legal studies and critical race theories are also explained against the background of controversy between postmodernism and defences of modernity. New chapters assess the value of traditional legal theory and various critical perspectives and study questions at the end of each chapter help students explore the most important issues in philosophy of law.

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About the Author:

Mark Tebbit is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading.

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Praise for the first edition:

 'Mark Tebbit's new book is an intelligent and successful attempt to make legal philosophy attractive both to those who embrace it because it is inherently important and those who think it may gain them an edge in legal practice. It shows why philosophy is part of law ... It is a clearheaded, carefully framed study of many of the major moves in the discipline, as useful to advanced students as to beginners.' - Philosophical Books

'The book is clear and well structured ... worthy of inclusion on the reading list of students interested in law and philosophy.' - Philosophers' Magazine

'This book is cogently argued, stimulating and well-written. It can be confidently recommended to law students.' - Nottingham Law Journal

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