Introduction

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor1,2,3

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Patterson, D. (ed) (2010) Introduction, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch

Editor Information

  1. 1

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 2

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 3

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • legal philosophy and Areas of Law;
  • contemporary schools and perspectives - survey of contemporary approaches to law;
  • nature of law and legal systems - law background, object of theoretical inquiry;
  • general jurisprudence and descriptive versus normative theory - focus of legal theorists;
  • nature of law, perennial topic in legal philosophy;
  • Austin's, nature of law - as order backed by threat of sanction for noncompliance;
  • law, as Hart sees it - matter of rules, rules of various kinds, to be sure;
  • Dworkin's argument - ‘point of law’ justification for exercise of coercive power by state;
  • Tort law, variety of doctrines - organized around key private law notions;
  • “pure” theories of law

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • General Jurisprudence

  • Descriptive and Normative Theory