In this book, legal scholars, philosophers, historians and political scientists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States analyze the common law through three of its classic themes: rules, reasoning and constitutionalism. Their essays, specially commissioned for this volume, provide an opportunity for thinkers from different jurisdictions and disciplines to talk to each other and to their wider audience within and beyond the common law world. This book allows scholars and students to consider how these themes and concepts relate to one another. It will initiate and sustain a more inclusive and well-informed theoretical discussion of the common law's method, process and structure. It will be valuable to lawyers, philosophers, political scientists and historians interested in constitutional law, comparative law, judicial process, legal theory, law and society, legal history, separation of powers, democratic theory, political philosophy, the courts and the relationship of the common law tradition to other legal systems of the world.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"...uniformly well written, accessible, and intellectually stimulating essays... this volume provides an excellent snapshot of some of the complications surrounding present-day theorizing about the common law within and across cultures."
-Ira L. Strauber, Grinnell College, Law and Politics Book Review
"...Edlin has put together an exciting volume touching on a broad range of philosophical questions surrounding the nature of law and legal reasoning, and the foundations of political authority and sovereignty. It will be of great interest to anyone who is at all interested in such questions."
-Wil Waluchow, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews