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Description - Law's Quandary by Steven D. Smith

This lively book reassesses a century of jurisprudential thought from a fresh perspective and points to a malaise that currently afflicts not only legal theory but law in general. Steven Smith argues that our legal vocabulary and methods of reasoning presuppose classical ontological commitments that were explicitly articulated by thinkers from Aquinas to Coke to Blackstone, and even by Joseph Story. But these commitments are out of sync with the worldview that prevails today in academic and professional thinking. So our law-talk thus degenerates into "just words" - or a kind of nonsense.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674025738
ISBN-10: 0674025733
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 222
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven D. Smith

Steven D. Smith is Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego.