American legal thought has progressed remarkably quickly from premodernism to modernism and into postmodernism in little over two hundred years, running from the nation's founding through today. This book tells the story of this mercurial journey through jurisprudence by showing the development of legal thought through these three intellectual periods. Feldman's narrative revolves around two broad interrelated themes: jurisprudential foundations and the idea of progress. Comprehensive and accessible, the book draws on significant cases from Supreme Court history to provide a handy one-volume overview for law students, practitioners, and legal scholars.
"It is clearly written, easy to follow, and covers a great deal of ground."--The Law and Politics Book Review
"[Feldman's book] is a tour de force establishing him as an important scholar of jurisprudence. Defying the postmodern mandate against the writing of grand narratives, or meta-histories, Professor Feldman's book is a sweeping confluence of history, politics, economics, sociology and literature...The origins and principles of every school of jurisprudence are examined and explained within the historical context of each...Feldman's book is a major contributor to
the solution of one of postmodernism's severest criticisms, namely that it cannot be defined. After reading this book, make no mistake, one knows what postmodernism is and what postmodern jurisprudence is all about."--Tulsa Law Journal