Main currents in American legal thought

Main currents in American legal thought

Main currents in American legal thought

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Bernard Schwartz
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): North Carolina
  • Publication Information: Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, ©1993
  • Publication Type (Medium): History
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/main-currents-in-american-legal-thought/ (Stable identifier)

Additional Format

Online version: Schwartz, Bernard, 1923-1997. Main currents in American legal thought. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, ©1993 (OCoLC)621998616

Short Description

XV, 660 pages ; 27 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, Main currents in American legal thought is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Responsable Person: Bernard Schwartz.
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Copyright Date: 1993
  • Location: Durham, N.C.
  • Country/State: North Carolina
  • Number of Editions: 6 editions
  • First edition Date: 1993
  • Last edition Date: 1993
  • Languages: English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF352
  • Dewey Code: 340.10973
  • ISBN: 0890895325 9780890895320
  • OCLC: 28288574

Main Contents

The new nation
Colonial heritage
John Adams: lawyer for the revolution
Alexander Hamilton: the first instrumentalist
John Dickinson: experience versus reason
James Wilson: federalist democrat
George Wythe: blackstone manque
Thomas Jefferson: democratic instrumentalist
James Madison: father of public law
Early legal thought in action: Jefferson versus Wythe
“All republicans, all federalists”
The golden age
Juristic chemistry
John Marshall: instrumentalism triumphant
Common law confirmed
Joseph Story: “from the twelve tables down”
James Kent: conservative instrumentalist
William Wirt: the “spy” at the bar
St. George Tucker: Jeffersonian instrumentalist
Slavery and juristic schizophrenia
Black-letter legal education
Legal thought in action: Marshall versus Roane
Instrumentalism and positivism
Through the crucible
Lemuel Shaw: private-law instrumentalist
John Bannister Gibson: law in the grand style
David Dudley Field: Justinian manque
Benjamin Robbins Curtis: law as balance
Billy Budd on the bench
John C. Calhoun: the south strikes back
Thomas Ruffin: “Obedience to the laws of legal truth”
Benjamin F. Butler: “A law school arranged upon a different plan”
Abraham Lincoln: law in emergency
Legal though in action: Taney versus Curtis
Second American revolution?
The gilded age
John A. Bingham: Madison of fourteenth amendment
Thomas M. Cooley: furnishing the legal text
Laissez faire theorists
Laissez faire and legal thought
Stephen J. Field: laissez faire constitutionalized
John Appleton: law as truth
Charles Doe: “Progress and improvement” and “the mistakes of former ages”
James C. Carter: written law, “victorious upon paper and powerless elsewhere”
Christopher Columbus Langdell: a new legal world
Legal thought in action: Carter versus Field
Status, contract, and Bartleby
The new century
The dominant jurisprudence
Oliver Wendell Holmes: law as experience
Rufus W. Peckham: “his major premise was god damn it!”
John Chipman Gray: the law laid down by judges
Louis D. Brandeis: law as fact
Ernst Freund: the scholar's revenge
Clarence Darrow: rock of ages or age of rocks?
Brooks Adams: pessimism and progress
Legal thought in action: Holmes versus Peckham
Looking backward: “nearer than a dream”
Pragmatic instrumentalism
Roscoe Pound: schoolmaster of the bar
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo: our lady of the common law
Jerome N. Frank: law on trial
Arthur T. Vanderbilt: the challenge of law reform
Felix Frankfurter: his master's voice
Hugo Lafayette Black: blackletter instrumentalist
Earl Warren: “but were you fair?”
Roger J. Traynor: laying law's ghosts
Legal thought in action: Warren versus Frankfurter
Dragon-ridden instrumentalism
Fragmented jurisiprudence
William J. Brennan: “dialogue between heart and head”
Richard A. Posner: judex economicus
Richard A. Epstein: legal Copernicus or Ptolemy?
John Rawls: a new theory of justice
Ronald Dworkin: labors of Hercules
Critical legal studies: academic nihilism
Feminist and minority jurisprudence: a zero-sum game
Contract to status?
Legal thought in action: Brennan versus Rehnquist and Scalia
Is jurisprudence dead?

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