- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd Revised ed. edition (Sept. 10 1965)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300010702
- ISBN-13: 978-0300010701
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The Morality of Law: Revised Edition Paperback – Sep 10 1965
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"An important contribution of general interest to the study of the nature and function of law. . . . Trenchant comment abounds throughout the book, and there is an immense amount of the most valuable material here, as well as considerable food for thought."―Law Times
"Essential reading for all who are interested in following the growth of jurisprudence and in relating it to the sound scientific analysis of law."―The Annals
"A most valuable and challenging essay on the nature of law."―Choice
"For the beginner as well as the seasoned student of legal philosophy, The Morality of Law contains an excellent assortment of ideas demanding further thought."―Edwin W. Tucker, Indiana Law Journal
"This is an important book. The background to it is the age-old controversy whether the validity of 'law' rests solely on formal criteria (Positivists), or an a moral element in addition to formal criteria (Naturalists). Professor Fuller argues persuasively in support of the latter."—Cambridge Law Journal
"Although this book is small, its content is both deep and thought provoking. It should be read not only by Professor Fuller's colleagues in the teaching of jurisprudence, but also by all those academics and practicing lawyers who seriously maintain that their education did not cease with law school."—Ralph F. Bischoff, New York Law Journal
"The Morality of Law will find a place among the important books in the history of American legal philosophy. It includes insights into the relations between morality and law, and advances a theory of law of great practical relevance. . . . [This] is the best discussion of the demands of the rule of law in existing literature, . . . filled . . . with many brilliant insights. . . . The book should be widely read."—Robert S. Summers, Journal of Legal Education
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one can imagine a lunatic
erupting on the scene and demanding to know
where his intended victim is hiding (pp. 239-240)
like Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police Station, if I recall November, 1963, as well as millions of Americans watching a TV network as it was showing the aftermath of the JFK assassination for those who expected to see some legal consequences of an action that changed the nature of the government within the Constitutional limits on the official actions of elected officials.
A real shift in psychology noticed by Fuller:
In sociology and legal anthropology
there is a discernable trend
away from structural theories
and toward a study of interactional processes;
I am told a similar shift has taken place
during the last fifteen years in psychiatry
and psychoanalysis. As for the law, . . .
In this new climate of opinion,
there is no longer any need to apologize for being
critical of positivism,
nor does one run any serious risk
that a rejection of positivism will be taken
to imply a pretension that one has established contact
with Absolute Truth. (p. 241).