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I have long thought that "legal philosophy" or "jurisprudence" would frighten fewer people away if it were more attractively labeled; "thoroughgoing-talk-about-government" is a descriptive phrase I once suggested. This remarkable book makes the phrase apt, for Cairns here reports, with painstaking fidelity, much of what thirteen thorough-going, renowned thinkers have thought–or said they thought–about that subject. So carefully has Cairns wrought these reports that no one interested in hard thinking about government in general, or in the legal views of any of these thinkers in particular, can get along without this book.

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