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Law’s Empire

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PAPERBACK

$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674518360

Publication Date: 01/01/1988

Short

488 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

North America only

  • 1. What Is Law?
    • Why It Matters
    • Disagreement about Law
    • The Plain-Fact View
    • A Threshold Objection
    • The Real World
    • Semantic Theories of Law
    • The Real Argument for Semantic Theories
  • 2. Interpretive Concepts
    • The Semantic Sting
    • An Imaginary Example
    • A First Look at Interpretation
    • Interpretation and Author’s Intention
    • Art and the Nature of Intention
    • Intentions and Practices
    • Stages of Interpretation
    • Philosophers of Courtesy
    • A Digression: Justice
    • Skepticism about Interpretation
  • 3. Jurisprudence Revisited
    • A New Picture
    • Concepts and Conceptions of Law
    • Skeptical Conceptions and Wicked Law
    • Grounds and Force of Law
  • 4. Conventionalism
    • Its Structure
    • Its Appeal
    • Legal Conventions
    • Two Kinds of Conventionalism
    • Does Conventionalism Fit Our Practice?
    • Does Conventionalism Justify Our Practice?
  • 5. Pragmatism and Personification
    • A Skeptical Conception
    • Does Pragmatism Fit?
    • Law without Rights
    • The Claims of Integrity
    • Community Personified
  • 6. Integrity
    • Agenda
    • Does Integrity Fit?
    • Is Integrity Attractive?
    • The Puzzle of Legitimacy
    • Obligations of Community
    • Fraternity and Political Community
    • Untidy Endnotes
  • 7. Integrity in Law
    • A Large View
    • The Chain of Law
    • Law: The Question of Emotional Damages
    • A Provisional Summary
    • Some Familiar Objections
    • Skepticism in Law
  • 8. The Common Law
    • The Economic Interpretation
    • Complexities
    • The Question of Justice
    • The Utilitarian Duty
    • The Egalitarian Interpretation
    • Equality and Comparative Cost
    • Private People and Public Bodies
  • 9. Statutes
    • Legislative Intention
    • Speaker’s Meaning
    • Convictions
    • Hercules’s Method
    • Legislative History
    • Statutes over Time
    • When Is the Language Clear?
  • 10. The Constitution
    • Is Constitutional Law Built on a Mistake?
    • Liberals and Conservatives
    • Historicism
    • Passivism
    • Hercules on Olympus
    • Theories of Racial Equality
    • Deciding Brown
    • Deciding Bakke
    • Is Hercules a Tyrant?
  • 11. Law Beyond Law
    • Law Works Itself Pure
    • Law’s Dreams
    • Epilogue: What Is Law?
  • Notes
  • Index

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