11 May 2020

BOOK: John TASIOULAS, The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781107458222, £ 29.99

(Source: CUP)

CUP is publishing “The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Law”.


What is the nature of law as a form of social order? What bearing do values like justice, human rights, and the rule of law have on law? Which values should law serve, and what limits must it respect in serving them? Are we always morally bound to obey the law? What are the philosophical problems that arise in specific areas of law, from criminal and tort law to contract law and public international law? The book provides an accessible, comprehensive, and high quality introduction to the major themes of legal philosophy written by a stellar international cast of contributors, including John Finnis, Martha Nussaum, Fred Schauer, Onora O'Neill and Antony Duff. The volume is an exceptional teaching tool that provides a critical introduction to cutting-edge work in the philosophy of law.


John Tasioulas, King's College London
John Tasioulas is the inaugural Yeoh Chair of Politics, Philosophy and Law and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.


Introduction John Tasioulas
Part I. General Theory:
1. Methodology Grant Lamond
2. The nature of law John Finnis
3. Legal reasoning Martha Nussbaum
4. Law and living well Timothy Macklem
5. Social science and the philosophy of law Fred Schauer
Part II. Values:
6. The rule of law John Tasioulas
7. Justice without ethics: a twentieth century innovation? Onora O'Neill
8. Rights and human rights Jeremy Waldron
9. Authority and legitimacy Christoph Kletzer and Massimo Renzo
10. The ends and limits of law John Stanton-Ife
Part III. Special Theory:
11. Criminal law Antony Duff
12. Punishment Christopher Bennett
13. Contract Daniel Markovits
14. Tort law and its theory John Gardner
15. Causation and responsibility Richard Holton
16. Property law Larissa Katz
17. Constitutional law Mitchell Berman
18. Civil rights and liberties Sherif Girgis and Robert P. George
19. Equality and discrimination Sophia Moreau
20. International law Guglielmo Verdirame.

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