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This book contains seven chapters discussing the following as possible
sources of law: the Sovereign, Custom, Precedent, Equity, and Legislation.
It deals with one of the most interesting subjects in life; and it is written in
an attractive style. It reviews the ideas of former jurists well and criticises
them with intelligence. It excites the reader to independent thought on each
matter considered and tempts him to write a book of his own in order to
do better if he can. This is high praise; and it should be remembered as
this review proceeds, inasmuch as the reviewer is forced to fill most of his
permitted space with a discussion of differences of opinion. The chief weaknesses
of the book-which appear to the reviewer to be fundamental and
far-reaching-are a weakness in analysis and definition and an inconsistency
in stating the part played by the courts in the making of law.
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