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Stephen M. Feldman, «American Legal Thought from Premodernism to Postmodernism: An Intellectual Voyage»

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Stephen M. Feldman, «American Legal Thought from Premodernism to Postmodernism: An Intellectual Voyage»

Stephen M. Feldman, «American Legal Thought from Premodernism to Postmodernism: An Intellectual Voyage»
Oxford University Press | ISBN 0195109678 | 2000 Year | PDF | 1,75 Mb | 288 Pages


In a little over two hundred years, American legal thought moved from premodernism through modernism and into postmodernism. This book charts that intellectual voyage, stressing both the historical contexts in which ideas unfolded and the inherent force of the ideas themselves.
Author Stephen M. Feldman first defines "premodernism," "modernism," and "postmodernism," then explains the development of American legal thought through these three intellectual periods. His narrative revolves around two broad, interrelated themes: jurisprudential foundations and the notion of progress. He points out that much of American legal thought has grappled with the problem of identifying the foundations of the American judicial system and judicial decision making. The various ideas of jurisprudential foundations, moreover, are closely tied to shifting notions of progress-the definition of the term, assumptions about the possibility of progress, and hopes about how law might contribute to it.

This book's broad historical sweep and its clear explanations of the competing theoretical positions of current legal scholarship make it indispensable to students and scholars of jurisprudence and American legal history.