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date: 08 February 2023

p. 38515. Jurisprudence understood?locked

p. 38515. Jurisprudence understood?locked

  • Raymond WacksRaymond WacksEmeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory, University of Hong Kong


This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author. It suggests that readers may understand the nature of law, and thus jurisprudence, by answering the following questions: What, after studying the many theories discussed in this book, do you believe law is? Can law be analytically severed from morality? Does law have a purpose? If so, what might that purpose be? Can law secure greater justice for all who share our troubled planet? Can greater analytical clarity improve not only our understanding of the concept of law, but also, and as importantly, enhance the prospects of a more just world? Is this the raison dêtre of theorizing about law?

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