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What is a law? What gives laws their authority? What is the purpose of punishment? Do certain laws apply internationally, that is, across national borders? In ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, David Reidy guides students through these and other central questions in the philosophy of law. Written in an engaging style, this text provides a first-hand encounter with the philosophical issues concerning law, thereby preparing students for serious inquiry. THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.

David Reidy, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

David Reidy is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Indiana University. He specializes in political philosophy, philosophy of law, and the history of ethics.
  • Presenting a general overview of the philosophy of law, this title will enable students to achieve quick familiarity with this philosophical subject as they prepare for in-class discussions or reading related original sources.
  • Concise and affordable, this book meets the practical demands of present day college students and instructors.
1. Philosophy and the Nature of Law.
2. Legal Positivism.
3. Natural Law and Legal Realism.
4. Judicial Review.
5. Punishment.
6. International Law.

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  • ISBN-10: 0495004219
  • ISBN-13: 9780495004219
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