The Rise and Fall of Classical Legal Thought

The Rise and Fall of Classical Legal Thought 
By Duncan Kennedy
2006/06 - Beard Books 
1587982781 - Paperback - Reprint -  320  pp.

This is the reprint of a privately printed edition of a book about the history of American legal thought, written in 1975. 

Publisher Comments

Category: Law | Litigation 

This title is part of the Lawyering list.   

Of Interest: 

Cardozo and Frontiers of Legal Thinking: With Selected Opinions

Legal Lore: Curiosities of Law & Lawyers

Readings in American Legal History

Readings in Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy

The Literature of American Legal History

Legal historian G. Edward White recently described it as the "most widely circulated and cited unpublished manuscript in twentieth-century American legal scholarship since Hart & Sacks' Legal Process materials." It began the re-evaluation of law in the Gilded Age, and gave it its current name of Classical Legal Thought. It was also one of the first and most influential of the works that introduced European critical theory and structuralism into the study of American law. This reprint comes with a substantial new Introduction that puts the work in context and relates it to current scholarship in the field. It should interest historians generally as well as readers curious about how our legal system got its special modern character.

Duncan Kennedy is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. He has written on a wide variety of legal topics and was one of the founders of the critical legal studies movement.

Preface  Thirty Years Later  vii
Chapter 1  Legal Consciousness  1
Chapter 2 Pre-Classical Public Law 31
Chapter 3 Pre-Classical Private Law: Property  93
Chapter 4 Pre-Classical Private Law: The Transformation of Contract 157
Chapter 5  The Integration of Classical Legal Thought 242
Bibliography 265
Index 271

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