Philosophy of Law: Introducing Jurisprudence

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“An exceptionally clear, comprehensive, and engaging introduction to philosophy of law. Brand succeeds at doing justice to the complexity of the subject matter while making it accessible. It will be an excellent resource for undergraduate and law school courses in legal philosophy.”

John Oberdiek, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers University, USA

“Jeffrey Brand is a highly original and astute legal philosopher. Teachers seeking a clear and comprehensive introduction to the subject, aimed at undergraduate students, will not easily find a better book than this.”

Jeffrey Goldsworthy, President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy and Professor of Law, Monash University, Australia

“A highly accessible, highly engaging, and at the same time fundamentally fair-minded, introduction to a wide-range of legal issues that are at the core of contemporary legal education and practice. It would be an excellent resource for an undergraduate survey course in law, whether as a primary text or secondary text to accompany other primary materials.”

Alec Walen, Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, USA

“The best introduction to legal philosophy yet available. The book is sophisticated yet accessible, and the range of issues covered is impressive. Those who read the book will not only learn about legal philosophy’s main questions and the position of some of its major figures, but will actually learn how to do legal philosophy by observing the manner in which Brand meticulously crafts arguments and counter-arguments for the competing views. If you are looking for one book to adopt in class, then this is the one, and I certainly plan to use it with my students in Brazil.”

Noel Struchiner, Professor of Law and Philosophy, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“A well-written guide to the important ideas and figures providing students with a clear guide to complex material in a useful companion to any legal philosophy course or module.”

Thom Brooks, Reader in Law, University of Durham, UK

“Pitched at just the right level to be both accessible and illuminating, master teacher Jeffrey Brand takes the reader on a sure-footed tour of contemporary legal philosophy. Written with the student in mind, it is packed with examples and applications that make clear the importance of the issues it studies. An additional strength is the attention Brand gives to topics that other textbooks tend to shortchange, such as private law, international law, and the ideal of rule of law itself. Highly recommended.”

Craig Duncan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ithaca College, USA

“Brand offers an exceptionally clear presentation of an almost encyclopedic list of topics addressed by analytic legal philosophers. These include not only questions concerning law per se – e.g. its nature, the source of its normativity, and its interpretation – but also questions specific to particular areas of law such as criminal law, property and torts, and international law. The organization of the book allows instructors a great deal of flexibility in what they wish to cover, in what order, and in what depth, and enables them to select among the many different connections they might wish to draw between various concepts and arguments. Brand presents students with just the right amount of material on a given topic to spur productive classroom discussion and essays. Reading this book will surely awaken in many students the same passion for doing legal philosophy Brand clearly enjoys.”

David Lefkowitz, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Richmond, USA