Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. The Concept of Law is an important work of legal philosophy. It was first published fifty years ago. This book includes a new introduction that sets the book in the context of subsequent developments in social and political philosophy, clarifying misunderstandings of Hart's project and highlighting central tensions and problems in the work. Topics covered include: sovereign and subject, the law as the unions of primary and secondary rules, formalism, rule-scepticism, justice, morality, and international law.
Keywords:legal philosophy, social philosophy, political philosophy, morality, rule-scepticism, formalism, international law
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- I. Persistent Questions
- II. Laws, Commands, and Orders
- III. The Variety of Laws
- IV. Sovereign and Subject
- V. Law as the Union of Primary and Secondary Rules
- VI. The Foundations of a Legal System
- VII. Formalism and Rule-Scepticism
- VIII. Justice and Morality
- IX. Laws and Morals
- X. International Law