The Concept of Law (Clarendon Law Series)

Fifty years on from its original publication, HLA Hart’s The Concept of Law is widely recognized as the most important work of legal philosophy published in the twentieth century. It is a classic book in the field of legal scholarship and remains the starting point for most students coming to the subject for the first

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Fifty years on from its original publication, HLA Hart’s The Concept of Law is widely recognized as the most important work of legal philosophy published in the twentieth century. It is a classic book in the field of legal scholarship and remains the starting point for most students coming to the subject for the first time.

Known as Hart’s most famous work, The Concept of Law emerged from a set of lectures that Hart began to deliver in 1952 in which he developed a sophisticated view of legal positivism. Hart revolutionized the methods of jurisprudence and the philosophy of law in the English-speaking world by bringing the tools of analytic, and especially linguistic, philosophy to bear on the central problems of legal theory.

In this third edition, Leslie Green provides 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. The Concept of Law remains a must-read for anyone interested in the great thinkers of the 20th century.

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Comments

Edward J. Barton says:

A Dense Must Read This is the preeminent book on legal positivism. Having said that, it is extremely dense, and while reading it, there were a few a-ha moments, it is very very tough to wade trough without a guide. I also may just not be well aligned to the academic and philosophic writing style. The appendix, edited after Hart’s death, is a bit more interesting – where he defends against criticisms from Dworak. All in all, it is probably a must read for the legal scholar – but a tough one.

Andrew says:

It was the best (and made the most sense) of any book I … This book was the center of my law school course on jurisprudence (legal philosophy). It was the best (and made the most sense) of any book I read in law school. I won’t be surprised if 500 years from now law students are still reading this book alongside Aristotle and the other greats.

Vibhash Sureka says:

Great introduction for the beginner I write this review from the view point of a lay reader generally interested in law, justice and political philosophy. 

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