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Philosophical Perspectives on Law and Politics

Readings from Plato to Derrida


Patrick Hayden

Philosophical Perspectives on Law and Politics collects together some of the most significant writings by leading classical, modern, and contemporary philosophers. Consisting of original and substantial selections, the works gathered in this volume focus on the theoretical and normative issues raised by the intersection of law and politics. The authors are drawn from a variety of philosophical traditions, and reflect a wide range of opinion. Topics treated in this book include the nature and scope of law; the relationship of law to different political systems; the role of law with respect to justice; law and violence; and democracy and the rule of law. Students, researchers, and nonspecialists will find this a convenient and useful guide to past and present debates in the interpretation of law and politics.