The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory

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Harvard University Press, 2009 - 336 pagina's

Ambitious legal thinkers have become mesmerized by moral philosophy, believing that great figures in the philosophical tradition hold the keys to understanding and improving law and justice and even to resolving the most contentious issues of constitutional law. They are wrong, contends Richard Posner in this book. Posner characterizes the current preoccupation with moral and constitutional theory as the latest form of legal mystification--an evasion of the real need of American law, which is for a greater understanding of the social, economic, and political facts out of which great legal controversies arise. In pursuit of that understanding, Posner advocates a rebuilding of the law on the pragmatic basis of open-minded and systematic empirical inquiry and the rejection of cant and nostalgia--the true professionalism foreseen by Oliver Wendell Holmes a century ago.

A bracing book that pulls no punches and leaves no pieties unpunctured or sacred cows unkicked, "The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory" offers a sweeping tour of the current scene in legal studies--and a hopeful prospect for its future.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

MORAL THEORY
3
Understanding Morality
17
The Academic Moralist and the Moral Entrepreneur
38
Professionalisms Cold Grip
68
LEGAL THEORY MORAL THEMES
91
Moral Theory Applied Directly to Law
107
Some Famous Moral Cases
129
Constitutional Theory
144
THE WAY OUT
183
PROFESSIONALISM
185
The Supersession Thesis
206
PRAGMATISM
227
Postmodernism Distinguished
265
Some Institutional Implications of Legal Pragmatism
280
INDEX
311
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Over de auteur (2009)

Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

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