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The Practice of Principle: In Defence of a Pragmatist Approach to Legal Theory (Clarendon Law Lectures) 1st Edition

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`Coleman is one of the leading legal philosophers in the Anglo-American world, and his writings on tort theory, contract theory, the normative foundations of law and economics, social choice theory, and analytical jurisprudence have been the point of departure for much of the most interesting activity in the field for the last three decades.' Michigan Law Review

`"...Exceedingly valuable demonstration of the possibility and the limits of philosophical engagement"' TLS

`"The virtues of Colemans pragmatic approach...are the generosity of its scope and the modesty of its objectives"' TLS

`"Coleman is probably the leading philosphical interpreter of private law in the Anglo-American world"' TLS

`... an illuminating and enthralling read ... Among other virtues, The Practice of Principle presents perhaps the most developed statement of inclusive legal positivism to date. In doing so, it advances our understanding not only of that position, but also of the various positions arrayed against it.' Modern Law Review, 1 Sept 2001

About the Author

Jules Coleman is Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence and Philosophy, Yale University. He is the editor of the journal Legal Theory.
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Product Details

  • Series: Clarendon Law Lectures
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198298145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198298144
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on May 12, 2002
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The Practice of Principle is an important book by a leading legal philosopher. Coleman makes penetrating observations regarding a range of topics, including tort theory, analytical jurisprudence, and jurisprudential methodology with typical clarity, novelty, and rigor. In Part I Coleman attacks the economic analysis of tort law: he argues, persuasively, that such an approach fails as a conceptual analysis, as a constructive interpretation, and as a causal-functionalist explanation of the development of tort law. Coleman uses economic analysis as his foil in displaying the virtues of the corrective justice account defended at length in Risks and Wrongs. In Part II Coleman articulates his version of inclusive legal positivism (which, he thinks, and I agree, was also H. L. A. Hart's) and defends that version against a number of objections from Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz, and Scott Shapiro. In conversation with his brilliant but often uncharitable interlocutors, Coleman's analytical abilities absolutely shine. Part III defends conceptual analysis as a sound and intellectually profitable approach to legal theory; if it less gripping than the previous sections it is only because the quality of Coleman's opponents has fallen (from the likes of Posner and Raz to Brian Leiter). I recommend this book to anyone who cares to see the state of the art in legal theory through the eyes of one of its central figures.
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