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- DescriptionLegal Naturalism advances a clear and convincing case that Marx's theory of law is a form of natural law jurisprudence. It explicates both Marx's writings and the idea of natural law, and makes a forceful contribution to current debates on the foundations of law. Olufemi Taiwo argues that embedded in the corpus of Marxist writing is a plausible, adequate, and coherent legal theory. He describes Marx's general concept of law, which he calls legal naturalism. For Marxism, natural law isn't a permanent verity; it refers to the basic law of a given epoch or social formation which is an essential aspect of its mode of production. Capitalist law is thus natural law in a capitalist society and is politically and morally progressive relative to the laws of preceding social formations. Taiwo emphasizes that these formations are dialectical or dynamic, t merely static, so that the law which is naturally appropriate to a capitalist ecomy will embody tensions and contradictions that replicate the underlying conflicts of that ecomy. In addition, he discusses the enactment and reform of positive law -law established by government institutions-in a Marxian framework.
- Author BiographyOlufemi Taiwo is Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa and Africa Must Be Modern: A Manifesto.
- Author(s)Olufemi Taiwo
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication12/11/2015
- SubjectLaw: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note1, 1 charts
- Weight342 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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