Ideal for undergraduate courses in philosophy of law, this comprehensive anthology examines such topics as the concept of law, the dispute between natural law theorists and legal positivists, the relations between law and morality, criminal responsibility and legal punishment, the rights of the individual against the state, justice and equality, and legal evidence as compared with scientific evidence. The readings have been selected from both philosophy and law journals and include classic texts, contemporary theoretical developments, and well-known recent court cases. The text features extensive introductions that make even the most profound writings accessible to undergraduates.
An anthology that gathers classic texts, contemporary theoretical innovations, and well-known recent court cases. The readings are arranged within eight thematic chapters: what is law?; legal reasoning; the moral force of law; the structure and content of rights; justice and equality; punishment; responsibility; and legal procedure and evidence. Extensive introductions make the readings accessible to undergraduates in philosophy and political science and to law students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)