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The Mysterious Science of the Law : An Essay on Blackstone's Commentaries - Daniel J. Boorstin

The Mysterious Science of the Law

An Essay on Blackstone's Commentaries

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780226064987
Number Of Pages: 274

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Referred to as the "bible of American lawyers," Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England" shaped the principles of law in both England and America when its first volume appeared in 1765. For the next century that law remained what Blackstone made of it. Daniel J. Boorstin examines why "Commentaries" became the most essential knowledge that any lawyer needed to acquire. Set against the intellectual values of the eighteenth century-and the notions of Reason, Nature, and the Sublime--"Commentaries" is at last fitted into its social setting. Boorstin has provided a concise intellectual history of the time, illustrating all the elegance, social values, and internal contradictions of the Age of Reason.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
The Law: Science and Mystery
The Use of History
The Tendency of History
The Use of Aesthetics
The Limits of Reason
The Methods of Reason
Humanity
Liberty
Property Conclusion: The Advantage of Being a Reasonable Creature Notes A Layman's
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780226064987
ISBN-10: 0226064980
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2

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