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Philosophy and the Law: How Judges Reason by Stephen Mathis

Philosophy and the Law: How Judges Reason

by Stephen Mathis

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Unabridged Edition
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8 Hrs.


Do judges deduce their decisions from legal rules and principles, or do they decide cases based on what is fair given the facts at hand? The latter view, held by Legal Realists, serves as the starting point for Professor Stephen Mathis's eye-opening look at how judges reason. In this compelling lecture series, the esteemed professor addresses such as whether the law is distinct from morality. Professor Mathis also attempts to identify a view that offers guidance to judges in deciding cases, and one that will provide the tools people need to evaluate the interpretations and decisions judges make.

Lecture 1 Legal Realism

Lecture 2 Legal Positivism, Part I

Lecture 3 Legal Positivism, Part II

Lecture 4 Theoretical Disagreement in Law

Lecture 5 Theories of Interpretation

Lecture 6 Legal Conservatism

Lecture 7 Judicial Activism

Lecture 8 Law as Integrity

Lecture 9 Common Law and Statutes

Lecture 10 Constitutional Law

Lecture 11 Dualist Democracy

Lecture 12 Regime Perspective

Lecture 13 Interpretive Synthesis

Lecture 14 Judicial Politics versus Interpretation

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