Book Announcement: Brian Tamanaha’s A Reaslistic Theory of Law

Brian Tamanaha的新書:A Realistic Theory of Law已經出版了,強烈推薦給大家!以下摘錄自Amazon的說明:

This book articulates an empirically grounded theory of law applicable throughout history and across different societies. Unlike natural law theory or analytical jurisprudence, which are narrow, abstract, ahistorical, and detached from society, Tamanaha’s theory presents a holistic vision of law within society, evolving in connection with social, cultural, economic, political, ecological, and technological factors. He revives a largely forgotten theoretical perspective on law that runs from Montesquieu through the legal realists to the present. This book explains why the classic question ‘what is law?’ has never been resolved, and casts doubt on theorists’ claims about necessary and universal truths about law. This book develops a theory of law as a social institution with varying forms and functions, tracing law from hunter-gatherer societies to the modern state and beyond. Tamanaha’s theory accounts for social influences on law, legal influences on society, law and domination, multifunctional governmental uses of law, legal pluralism, international law, and other legal aspects largely overlooked in jurisprudence.

這本書的主軸跟他一貫以來的理論取向應該很一致,但看起來很小本,不知道他如何處理上述提到的基本課題!Brian Tamanaha在書中提及,這本書要建構的是一個對於法律社會學事式的理論取向,他的觀點受到William James, John Dewey, Peirce以及Mead的影響,強烈推薦給大家!我想對於法律社會學有興趣或是一般法理論有興趣的人,應該都不會錯過才對!!



One Comment on “Book Announcement: Brian Tamanaha’s A Reaslistic Theory of Law”

  1. […] Brian Bix在SSRN上面發表了一篇文章:A New Historical Jurisprudence?,根據Bix自己的說法這是參加一場Brian Tamanaha專書研討會的文章,內容是檢討Tamanaha的新書:A Realistic Theory of Law ,之前的轉載在此!Bix的文章非常具有批判性,可以給予我們對於Tamanah立場:對於所謂的歷史法學之堅持一個深刻的反省。我個人認為這一篇文章最重要的部分不是III的評價Tamanaha的新書部分,而是第四部份(IV)的The Lessons of History (頁1042開始),Bix認為Tamanaha並未真正提供一個奠基在歷史價值的歷史法學的理論,Bix從判例開始談起,然後提了關鍵問題:歷史可以教給我什麼?簡而言之,這一篇文章強烈推薦給大家!! […]

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