Book Reviews: A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World 1600-1900 by Michael Lobban, Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World by Gerald J. Postema

4 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018

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Andrew Halpin

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 30, 2017

Abstract

The historical surveys of common law legal theory provided by volumes 8 and 11 of Springer’s multi-volume Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence have now been published in paperback, at a price which makes them more accessible to a wider readership. Michael Lobban takes us from the seventeenth century through to the dawn of the twentieth, and Gerald Postema surveys developments in the twentieth century. Significantly, the latter volume is well over double the length of the former, attesting to the explosion of theoretical reflection in the common law world over the last century. Postema mentions (at p xxv) that the book took him ten years to write and even in that period the pace of change was such that received ideas became a moving target.

Suggested Citation

Halpin, Andrew, Book Reviews: A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World 1600-1900 by Michael Lobban, Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World by Gerald J. Postema (September 30, 2017). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Sep 17, pp 387-390. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3299882

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