Wacks, Raymond Understanding Jurisprudence

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Understanding Jurisprudence

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With its clear and entertaining writing style, Understanding Jurisprudence is the perfect guide for students new to legal theory and looking for an accessible introduction to the subject.

Key theories and theorists are introduced in a compact and easy-to-read format, offering an engaging account of the central ideas without oversimplification. Key quotes from leading scholars are included throughout the text, introducing you to their work and its impact on legal philosophy, while further reading suggestions help you to navigate the broad range of literature available in this area. Each chapter concludes with a series of critical questions designed to encourage you to think analytically about the law and the key ideas and debates which surround it.

Professor Wacks is an experienced teacher of jurisprudence and excels in providing a concise, student-friendly introduction to the subject, without avoiding the subtleties of this fascinating discipline.

An extensive Online Resource Centre also accompanies this text (www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/orc/wacks4e/) and includes the following resources to support your studies:
- Author analysis of topical controversies such as political debates and current legal problems
- Interactive self-test glossary of key terms
- Additional chapters on approaching the study of jurisprudence, including revision and examination tips
- Further reading suggestions, including links to relevant and recent journal articles
- Self-test questions on the key ideas from each chapter, with instant feedback

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"An admirably clear, extremely helpful, and accurate introduction to this formidable subject. The elegance of the writing and the breadth of knowledge - displayed here in such an easily accessible form - make it essential reading for every student of Jurisprudence. - Stephen Guest, Emeritus Professor of Legal Philosophy, University College London

"Understanding Jurisprudence is a juristic gem that sparkles with insight and shines with clarity, shedding light on numerous challenging topics in a lucidly accessible style. It is an indispensable resource for student and scholar alike, and is a rarity-an academic text that is actually a pleasure to read! " - William MacNeil, Professor of Law, Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Australia

"Where and whenever I will exert any influence on the reading list for a course on jurisprudence, I will make sure that Professor Raymond Wacks' excellent book Understanding Jurisprudence will be included." - Carl-Fredrik Choler, University of Orebro, Sweden

"An excellent text which explains complex and difficult ideas in an accessible way." - Christopher Essert, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Ontario

"The plentiful discussion topics and Wacks' delightful style make this an impressive read." - William A. Edmundson, Regents' Professor of Law and of Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta

About the Author:

Raymond Wacks is Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory. His areas of interest are legal theory, privacy, and human rights, and he has published numerous books and articles on various aspects of law, including Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory (OUP, 2012), Law: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008), and Privacy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010).

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