Jurisprudence Cases and Materials: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law and Its Applications, Third Edition, 2015

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Jurisprudence Cases and Materials begins with two chapters on the ancient Near Eastern, biblical, and classical origins of law and jurisprudence. It offers chapters that trace the systematic development of the Anglo-American analytic canon and modern critical responses. It also analyzes jurisprudence in the courts. The result is a book that attains unusual breadth and richness of treatment of the web of law and philosophy. The book uses cases to make jurisprudence more meaningful to students and to explore the "relevance" of jurisprudence, exploring how jurisprudential assumptions implicitly or subconsciously dominate the thinking of jurists and therefore play a role in driving the law. Jurisprudence is at the very heart of law and the book tries to make that clear. Having in mind the different ways that people like to teach jurisprudence, the authors sought to design a flexible book. Students can be taken sequentially through the ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Classical origins of law and jurisprudence, the Anglo-American canon, modern critical responses, and how it is all reflected in the courts. The book can be taught sequentially or topically. Materials are provided which can be combined in a rich variety of ways to suit the professor's preference. The authors provide suggestions from their experience of different ways to structure the course from the materials.

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Table of Contents

Part I THE ORIGINS OF LAW AND JURISPRUDENCE

Chapter 1 THE ORIGINS OF LAW IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST

Chapter 2 THE BIRTH OF JURISPRUDENCE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD



PART II ANALYTICAL LEGAL PHILOSOPHY

Chapter 3 QUESTIONS OF APPROACH

Chapter 4 LEGAL POSITIVISM

Chapter 5 CRITICS OF LEGAL POSITIVISM

Chapter 6 JUSTICE

Chapter 7 THE NATURE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RIGHTS



PART III CRITICAL JURISPRUDENCE

Chapter 8 LEGALISM

Chapter 9 CRITICAL JURISPRUDENCE: AN OVERVIEW OF THE MOVEMENTS

Chapter 10 CRITICAL JURISPRUDENCE: A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH



PART IV JURISPRUDENCE IN BLACK ROBES

Chapter 11 IS MEANING FOUND OR IMPUTED?

Chapter 12 MORAL ASSUMPTIONS IN LAW

Chapter 13 WHAT MORAL CLAIMS COUNT?