Published on Jun 4, 2012
JURISPRUDENCE: THEMES AND CONCEPTS
By Scott Veitch, Emilios Christodoulidis and Lindsay Farmer
Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN: 978 0 415 67982 4
BREAKING A CERTAIN APPROACH TO JURISPRUDENCE TEACHING
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
This excellent book for undergraduates is divided into 3 broad themes, sub divided into general and advanced topics. The authors have broken with the more usual approach to teaching jurisprudence which is to be welcomed for its innovative study method deployed here.
New editions for Jurisprudence do not appear as frequently as, say 'case heavy' substantive law areas so the authors have merely tinkered with the text to improve it and sharpen it for the new edition... and they do just that! So this second edition includes a rearrangement of the general sections, re-written where necessary for a more systematic coverage.
With the advanced sections some new topics have been added, notably on law and deconstruction, and law and autopoiesis to name just a couple of areas. There's also an enhanced discussion of the rise of legal positivism linked to the rise of the modern state. The changing role of natural and human rights discourse is well covered to take account of recent developments.
Professors Veitch, Christodoulidis and Farmer have created a very modern teaching tool here breaking from the old approaches so the book is very well described as 'accessible, interdisciplinary and socially informed' and successfully takes account of the most recent developments in current jurisprudential thought. It is just what I need to explain modern jurisprudence to the worried student!