Catalogue


On the history of the idea of law [electronic resource] /
Shirley Robin Letwin ; edited by Noel B. Reynolds.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
description
x, 352 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521854237 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
Subjects
More Details
added author
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
isbn
0521854237 (hbk.)
standard identifier
9780521854238 (hbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8157553
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Reference & Research Book News, May 2006
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Shirley Robin Letwin traces the development of the philosophical theory of law from its first appearance in Plato's writing.
Description for Bookstore
On the History of the Idea of Law is the first book ever to collect and criticise the basic theories of law propounded by the great philosophers from Plato to the present. The celebrated conservative thinker Shirley Robin Letwin shows how the classical theorists understood the law as a human intervention that made possible the broad liberty that men and women enjoy in modern western societies. She also shows how this theory differs from medieval natural law, Marxist legal theory, contemporary Critical Legal Studies, and feminist jurisprudence.
Description for Bookstore
The final work of the celebrated conservative thinker Shirley Robin Letwin, On The History of the Idea of Law collects and criticises the basic theories of law propounded by the great philosophers from Plato to the present.
Description for Bookstore
The final work of the celebrated conservative thinker Shirley Robin Letwin, On The History of the Idea of Law is the first book ever to collect and criticise the basic theories of law propounded by the great philosophers from Plato to the present.
Main Description
On the History of the Idea of Law is the first book ever to trace the development of the philosophical theory of law from its first appearance in Plato's writings to today. Professor Letwin finds important and positive insights and tensions in the theories of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Hobbes. She finds confusions and serious errors introduced by Cicero, Aquinas, Bentham, and Marx. She harnesses the insights of H. L. A. Hart and especially Michael Oakeshott to mount a devastating attack on the late twentieth-century theories of Ronald Dworkin, the Critical Legal Studies movement, and feminist jurisprudence. In all of this, Professor Letwin finds the rule of law to be the key to modern liberty and the standard of justice. This is the final work of the distinguished historian and theorist Shirley Robin Letwin, a major figure in the revival of Conservatine thought and doctrine from 1960 onwards, who died in 1993.
Main Description
On the History of the Idea of Law traces the development of the philosophical theory of law from its first appearance in Plato's writings to today. Shirley Letwin finds important and positive insights and tensions in the theories of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Hobbes as well as confusion and serious errors introduced by Cicero, Aquinas, Bentham, and Marx. She harnesses the insights of H.L.A. Hart and especially Michael Oakeshott to mount a devastating attack on the late twentieth-century theories of Ronald Dworkin, the Critical Legal Studies movement, and feminist jurisprudence.
Table of Contents
Introduction : the idea of lawp. 1
Law anchored to a cosmic order
Platop. 9
Aristotlep. 21
Cicerop. 42
The Christian revision
St. Augustinep. 59
St. Thomas Aquinasp. 69
The modern quest
Thomas Hobbesp. 91
John Lockep. 108
Immanuel Kantp. 135
Jeremy Benthamp. 153
The significance of rules
From historical jurisprudence of realism : Savigny, Jhering, Duguit, Holmes, Gray, Frankp. 185
The defense of rules : Edward Levi, Hans Kelsen, H. L. A. Hartp. 200
The idea of law repudiated
Marxist theoriesp. 221
Political jurisprudence I : from realism to feminist jurisprudencep. 247
Political jurisprudence II : Ronald Dworkinp. 276
New foundations
A skeptical jurisprudence : Michael Oakeshottp. 307
Postscript : morality, individualism, and lawp. 326
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem