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Philosophy of Law: The Fundamentals Paperback – August 11, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1405129602 ISBN-10: 1405129603 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (August 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405129603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405129602
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mark Murphy is the most interesting and original natural law theorist of his generation, and this wide-ranging, learned, and lucid introduction to legal philosophy will be the text of choice for any student or philosopher who wants a philosophically sophisticated survey of the major topics that, at the same time, makes clear the continuing attraction of the natural law tradition."
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"Murphy executes a masterly and enlightening challenge to fashionable claims that ‘all is not well’ with the law and its philosophy. Fully accessible to general audiences, his book will also inform and engage the specialist reader."
William A. Edmundson, Georgia State University

"Philosophy of Law itself is a well designed book on several levels ... Murphy hooks you from the start."
Stuart Hannabuss, Aberdeen Buisness School, Robert Gordon University

“A concise, well balanced, and articulate discussion. The author has the capacity to present complex material with ease to its audience… A highly captivating interpretation of the philosophy of law”
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Beginning with the deceptively simple question "What is law?" Philosophy of Law introduces readers to the basic analytical and normative issues in the field. The volume is a wide-ranging text that discusses the concepts of law, highlights key historical and contemporary thinkers who have shaped the discourse, and provides a unified treatment of the various issues in the philosophy of law.

Murphy frames the discussion with three central commonplaces about law: that it is authoritative, that it is a social matter, and that it is for the common good. Enlivened with numerous everyday examples, this text is an important resource for students coming to the subject for the first time.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ilana on March 23, 2009
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For a philosophy of law class this read is very comprehensive. I recommend this book for those who want to know fundamentals since this book is great covering the basic stuff on principles of law. Also, in comparison to Dworkin and other philosophers of law, Murphy does a great job explaining difficult things in very easy way to grasp.
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By HappyShopper on November 4, 2013
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Very great book. I bought this for my Philosophy class and we only read minor passsages but I ended up reading the entire book. It was very interesting and required a lot of higher-level thinking which was good to have to really probe your mind
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