A Life of H.L.A. Hart
The Nightmare and the Noble Dream
By (author) Nicola Lacey
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Life of H.L.A. Hart by Nicola Lacey
Book DescriptionShortlisted for the 2005 British Academy Book prize, Nicola Lacey's entrancing biography recounts the life of H.L.A. Hart, the pre-eminent legal philosopher of the twentieth century. Following Hart's life from modest origins as the son of Jewish tailor parents in Yorkshire to worldwide fame as the most influential English-speaking legal theorist of the post-War era, the book traces his successive metamorphoses; from Yorkshire schoolboy to Oxford scholar, from government intelligence officer to Professor of Jurisprudence, from awkward batchelor to family figurehead. In the tradition of Ray Monk's biography of Wittgenstein, Nicola Lacey paints an absorbing picture of intellectual and psychological development, of a mind struggling to cope with intellectual self-doubt, uncertain sexuality, a difficult marriage and an anti-semitic society. In depicting the evolution of Hart's life and mind, Lacey provides a vivid recreation of both the intellectual and social climate of Oxford in the post-War era.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199202775
(233mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicola Lacey
In Search of Criminal Responsibility, Hardback (March 2016)
Through a combined philosophical, historical, and socio-legal methodology, this volume investigates the changing nature of criminal responsibility in English law from the mid-18th Century to the early 21st Century, arguing that ideas of character responsibility are enjoying a renaissance in the modern criminal law.
Lacey, Wells and Quick Reconstructing Criminal Law, Paperback (May 2010)
This truly groundbreaking textbook explores traditional and broader fields of criminal law and justice to give a full perspective on the subject.
Women, Crime, and Character, Hardback (July 2008)
This book draws on law, literature, philosophy and social history to explore fundamental changes in ideas of selfhood, gender and social order in 18th and 19th Century England. Lacey argues that these changes underpinned a radical shift in mechanisms of responsibility-attribution, with decisive implications for the criminalisation of women.
Prisoners' Dilemma, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Nicola Lacey
An examination of the institutional preconditions for a tolerant criminal justice system.
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Author Biography - Nicola Lacey
Nicola Lacey is Professor of Criminal Law, at the London School of Economics, and Adjunct Professor of Social and Political Theory, at the Research School of Social Sciences of the Australian National University.
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