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By Nicola Lacey

ISBN-10: 0199274975

ISBN-13: 9780199274970

H.L.A. Hart was once the pre-eminent criminal thinker of the 20 th century. As a student he single-handedly reinvented the philosophy of legislations and revolutionized our realizing of legislations as a social establishment. Hart's method of criminal philosophy was once straight away disarmingly uncomplicated and breathtakingly bold, combining the insights of the Utilitarian culture and the hot linguistic philosophy of J.L. Austin and Ludwig Wittgenstein. He sought to explain an idea of legislations that may be of relevance to all kinds of legislation, at any place or every time they arose.

This e-book is either an highbrow and a mental biography, following his existence from modest origins because the son of Jewish tailor mom and dad in Yorkshire to world wide reputation because the so much influential English-speaking criminal theorist of the post-War period. It lines his successive metamorphoses; from Yorkshire schoolboy to Oxford pupil, winning barrister, intelligence officer, thinker, and, eventually, Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford.

Nicola Lacey attracts upon Hart's formerly unpublished diaries and letters to bare a fancy inside existence. Outwardly profitable, Hart used to be in reality laid low with doubts approximately his highbrow skills, his sexual id and his capability to shape shut relationships. Her biography additionally sheds interesting mild at the origins of his principles, and assesses his total contribution to the philosophy of legislation. in particular, it's a chronicle of a existence which made an impression a ways more than many people realize.

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He had also had a marked influence on social policy debates of the 1960s. Hart’s writings on abortion, on the legalization of homosexuality and prostitution, and on capital punishment had a huge impact on informed opinion. 2) the propriety of using law to enforce conventional morality, parts of which were broadcast by the BBC, was probably the debate of the decade: it is still read by practically all students of law, politics, and sociology. As one contemporary campaigner put it, Hart’s contribution to the debate was the nearest thing to a manifesto for the homosexual law reform movement.

For readers not already familiar with Herbert Hart’s work, it may be useful first to have a sketch of his main ideas and their importance. 4) why his work had such an extraordinary impact, one needs to know a little history. From the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, the utilitarian philosophers Jeremy Bentham and John Austin had developed an influential theory of law known as ‘legal positivism’. Rejecting the idea that law derives its authority from God, or from some metaphysical conception of nature or reason—so-called ‘natural law’—Bentham and Austin argued that law is an essentially human artefact: it is a command issued by a political superior or sovereign, to whom the populace is in a habit of obedience.

Bill Stewart; Dr. Adrienne Stone; Dr. Jonathan Stone; Professor Guenter Treitel; Dr. Cornelia Vismann; David Vital; Louis Waller; Mark D. xii) Professor Wil Waluchow; Dr. Penry Williams; Tony Woozley, Professor Sarah Worthington. I have also had the benefit of marvellous research assistance from Zoe Guest (who helped to prepare the bibliography), Edward McCarthy (who did archival work at the Public Record Office on the Liddell diaries), Michael Turner (who prepared the biographical information on figures referred to in the book), and Stephen Winter (who meticulously researched the Oxford University lecture lists), and of administrative assistance from Elissa Linke and the incomparable Teresa Edwards, who photocopied, re-photocopied, and dispatched serendipitous materials around the world with her inimitable style and efficiency.

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