Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World

2015.04.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gerald J. Postema, Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World, Springer, 2011, 618pp., $349.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.04.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gerald J. Postema, Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World, Springer, 2011, 618pp., $349.00 (hbk), ISBN 9789048189595. Reviewed by Michael Sevel, University of Sydney The philosophy of law is a curious line of work, partly due to the diversity among one's co-workers, and the related ongoing challenge of their engaging in mutually profitable discussion. Among one's colleagues are practicing lawyers and judges, who sometimes use words like "Socratic", "metaphysical", and "theoretical" in a pejorative spirit, as rhetorical devices and nothing more. There are of course also traditionally trained and skilled philosophers, who, despite their best efforts, sometimes intellectualize (or moralize) what law is like, and what lawyers and judges do, to the point of caricature. These philosophers draw on what amounts to an average citizen's understanding of legal practice and process, and often. . .

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