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On the History of the Idea of Law


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Editor's preface; Introduction; Part I. Law Anchored to a Cosmic Order: 1. Plato; 2. Aristotle; 3. Cicero; Part II. The Christian Revision: 4. St Augustine; 5. St Thomas Aquinas; Part III. The Modern Quest: 6. Thomas Hobbes; 7. John Locke; 8. Immanuel Kent; 9. Jeremy Bentham; Part IV. The Significance of Rules: 10. From historical jurisprudence to realism; 11. The Defence of Rules; Part V. The Idea of Law Repudiated: 12. Marxist Theories; 13. Political jurisprudence 1; 14. Political jurisprudence 2; Part VI. New Foundations: 15. A skeptical jurisprudence; 16. Postscript; Index.

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Collects the basic theories of law propounded by the great philosophers.

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Born 1924, died 1993. A student of F. A Hayek, Shirley Robin Letwin taught at Chicago, Brandeis, Radcliffe, Cambridge and the LSE, but for most of her life was an independent scholar, and a major influence in the revival of Conservative doctrine 1960-1992.

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