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Law's Empire : Legal Theory - Ronald Dworkin

Law's Empire

Legal Theory

Paperback Published: 1st October 1998
ISBN: 9781841130415
Number Of Pages: 484

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In this reprint of Law’s Empire, Ronald Dworkin reflects on the nature of the law, its given authority, its application in democracy, the prominent role of interpretation in judgement, and the relations of lawmakers and lawgivers to the community on whose behalf they pronounce. For that community, Law’s Empire provides a judicious and coherent introduction to the place of law in our lives. Previously Published by Harper Collins. Reprinted (1998) by Hart Publishing.

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As an advocate Dworkin is tirelessly fluent and endlessly inventive... and this is a surprisingly fraternal book, open, busy, engaging and teeming with ideas. It will give many readers a great deal of pleasure and instruction. John Dunn Times Literary Supplement September 2002 Laws Empire stands out for intellectual deftness, elegance and surprisingness. Alan Ryan New Society September 2002 Laws Empire is a rich and multilayered work ... unusually accessible for a work dealing with abstract questions at such a high level. It is an ambitious book, and it does not disappoint the expectations appropriate to a major work by an important thinker. Thomas Nagel London Review of Books September 2002 Breaks new ground in a way that is both provocative and convincing. D.D. Raphael Times Higher Education Supplement September 2002

What Is Law?p. 1
Why It Matters
Disagreement about Law
The Plain-Fact View
A Threshold Objection
The Real World
Semantic Theories of Law
The Real Argument for Semantic Theories
Interpretive Conceptsp. 45
The Semantic Sting
An Imaginary Example
A First Look at Interpretation
Interpretation and Author's Intention
Art and the Nature of Intention
Intentions and Practices
Stages of Interpretation
Philosophers of Courtesy
A Digression: Justice
Skepticism about Interpretation
Jurisprudence Revisitedp. 87
A New Picture
Concepts and Conceptions of Law
Skeptical Conceptions and Wicked Law
Grounds and Force of Law
Conventionalismp. 114
Its Structure
Its Appeal
Legal Conventions
Two Kinds of Conventionalism
Does Conventionalism Fit Our Practice?
Does Conventionalism Justify Our Practice?
Pragmatism and Personificationp. 151
A Skeptical Conception
Does Pragmatism Fit?
Law without Rights
The Claims of Integrity
Community Personified
Integrityp. 176
Does Integrity Fit?
Is Integrity Attractive?
The Puzzle of Legitimacy
Obligations of Community
Fraternity and Political Community
Untidy Endnotes
Integrity in Lawp. 225
A Large View
The Chain of Law
Law: The Question of Emotional Damages
A Provisional Summary
Some Familiar Objections
Skepticism in Law
The Common Lawp. 276
The Economic Interpretation
The Question of Justice
The Utilitarian Duty
The Egalitarian Interpretation
Equality and Comparative Cost
Private People and Public Bodies
Statutesp. 313
Legislative Intention
Speaker's Meaning Convictions
Hercules' Method
Legislative History
Statutes over Time
When Is the Language Clear?
The Constitutionp. 355
Is Constitutional Law Built on a Mistake?
Liberals and Conservatives
Passivism Hercules on Olympus
Theories of Racial Equality
Deciding Brown
Deciding Bakke
Is Hercules a Tyrant?
Law Beyond Lawp. 400
Law Works Itself Pure
Law's Dreams
Epilogue: What Is Law?
Notesp. 417
Indexp. 455
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ISBN: 9781841130415
ISBN-10: 1841130419
Series: Legal Theory
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 1st October 1998
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1