Modern Jurisprudence

A Philosophical Guide

By Sean Coyle

This book provides a concise and accessible guide to modern jurisprudence, offering an examination of the major theories and a systematic discussion of themes, such as legality and justice. It gives readers a better understanding of the rival viewpoints by exploring the historical developments which give modern thinking its distinctive shape, and placing law in its political context. A key feature of the book is that readers are not simply presented with opposing theories, but are guided through the rival standpoints on the basis of a coherent line of reflection from which an overall sense of the subject can be gained. Chapters on Hart, Fuller, Rawls, Dworkin, and Finnis take the reader systematically through the terrain of modern legal philosophy, tracing the issues back to fundamental questions of philosophy and indicating lines of criticism that build to a fresh and original perspective on the subject. It is a fascinating and useful guide for all those interested in legal philosophy. *** "This ambitious work presents a synthesis of jurisprudential theory beginning with Plato and Aristotle, moving through Hugo Grotius and Thomas Hobbes to Immanuel Kant and John Austin, and ending with H. L. A. Hart, Ronald Dworkin, John Rawls, John Finnis, and Lon Fuller....Coyle extends his Aristotelian/Thomist approach in three final chapters in which he offers a compelling vision uniting the jurisprudential positions staked out over the course of the book. Highly recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, and research collections." - Choice, Vol. 52, No. 10, June 2015 [Subject: Legal Philosophy]


258 pages

Publication Date: 3/26/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781849460248