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American Legal Thought from Premodernism to Postmodernism : An Intellectual Voyage - Stephen M. Feldman

American Legal Thought from Premodernism to Postmodernism

An Intellectual Voyage

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Published: 1st August 2000
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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

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: On Intellectual Historyp. 3
Charting Intellectual Waters: Premodernism, Modernism, and Postmodernismp. 11
Premodern American Legal Thoughtp. 49
Modern American Legal Thoughtp. 83
Postmodern American Legal Thoughtp. 137
Conclusion: A Glimpse of the Future?p. 188
Notesp. 199
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780195109665
ISBN-10: 019510966X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.6  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.52