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Jurisprudence offers a comprehensive overview of legal theory and philosophy. Written in plain English, it examines and demystifies the discipline's major ideas, promoting a deeper understanding of the social, moral and ecomic dimensions of the law. It critically assesses the major schools of jurisprudential thought throughout history and to the present, from Plato and Aristotle to Enlightenment thinkers, postmodernists and ecomic analysts. The book challenges students to reconsider their moral intuitions in light of established theories. This edition examines recent debates and literature in legal philosophy. It features new material on scientific advances in cognition and human behaviour in relation to the law. The book expands significantly on its discussion of natural law theory, evolutionary jurisprudence and theories of justice. Special attention is paid to the revival of theological natural law, challenges to legal positivism, assessments of Scandinavian realism and critiques of law and ecomics from the Austrian ecomic perspective.
Professor Anura Surindra (Suri) Ratnapala is Professor of Public Law at the T C Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. He teaches constitutional law, jurisprudence and constitutional political economy; fields in which he has published extensively. He has the degrees of LLB (Colombo); LLM (Macquarie) and PhD (Qld). He is a member of the Australian Academy of Law.