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Book Review: Readings in Jurisprudence, 34 Illinois Law Review 109 (1939)


Here in 25 chapters, 214 selections, and some 1200 pages of readings, designed primarily to be used "in schools as a source book," Professor Hall seeks "to integrate jurisprudence in each of its principal subdivisions, with relevant general fields of philosophic and scientific thought" and so to promote "a general understanding of some of the foundations of jurisprudence." Working under the three main rubrics of "values," "logic," and "science," he hopes "to relate jurisprudence to problems dealt with in other parts of the curriculum," "to implement insight into actuality, and to lend a general cohesiveness to broad ramifications of thought."

Part One on Philosophy of Law (8 chapters, 332 pages, 79 selections and text notes) has for its objective "nothing less than the deliberate formulation and cultivation" by each reader "of his own legal philosophy." What is the "relationship" between "law" and "right," "justice," "utility," "value," "ethics," "morals," "ends," "social purposes," and so on?' "To what extent is law, itself, an independent system of values? What is meant by law as 'normative'?" What have been some of "the principal philosophic approaches to, and analyses" of "the general problems of end-seeking" and of "value expression"? Chapter headings are Natural Law, Historical Jurisprudence, Transcendental Idealism, Utilitarianism, Social Functionalism, Pragmatism, Further Aspects of the Conflict between Empiricism and Idealism, and Idealism in the Judicial Process.

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