This anthology of classical, contemporary, philosophical and legal essays/cases focuses on legal philosophy as its own subject—rather than being a part of social/political philosophy or applied ethics. The essays within this reader focus on how law is organized and the particular philosophical issues that it raises. The book requires students to think through actual debates–many of them still currently in the courts.
Through philosophical and legal essays and an array of legal cases, this collection of readings for an undergraduate course surveys the main philosophical questions concerning law and provides readers with basic conceptual and theoretical tools for analyzing and debating those basic issues. This revised edition (first was 1984) takes account of recent theoretical developments (such as critical legal studies and feminist legal scholarship) and currently controversial issues (such as hate speech and racial bias in sentencing). No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)