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Jurisprudence is “the study of the general or fundamental elements of a particular legal system, as opposed to its practical and concrete details. . . . ‘Jurisprudence addresses the questions about law that an intelligent layperson of speculative bent – not a lawyer – might think particularly interesting.  What is law? . . . Where does law come from? . . . Is law an autonomous discipline? . . .  What is the purpose of law? . . . Is law a science, a humanity, or neither? . . . A practicing lawyer or a judge is apt to think questions of this sort at best irrelevant to what he does, at worst naïve, impractical, even childlike (how high is up?).”  Black’s Law Dictionary 932 (9th Ed. 2009) (quoting Richard A. Posner, The Problems of Jurisprudence 1 (1990)).

This Research Guide covers books, legal periodicals, and online encyclopedias and blogs on jurisprudence and the philosophy of law.


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