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H.L.A. Hart, Second Edition$
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Neil MacCormick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756785

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756785.001.0001

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Introduction to the Second Edition

Introduction to the Second Edition

(p.1) Chapter One Introduction to the Second Edition
H.L.A. Hart, Second Edition
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This book examines the ideas of H. L. A. Hart, a legal philosopher who transformed the study of jurisprudence and had a great influence on both the practice and theory of law. Hart's arguments, writings, personal standing, and eminence played a major role in the liberalization of law in the United Kingdom in relation to human sexuality and aesthetic celebrations of it. His remarkable career encompassed eight years of successful practice at the English chancery bar. He also worked as an official in British intelligence between 1939 and 1945, taught philosophy in New College Oxford and became a significant figure in the University of Oxford's “philosophical revolution” of that period, and became a Professor of Jurisprudence in Oxford beginning in 1952. After his retirement in 1968, Hart carried out editorial work on Jeremy Bentham's papers, was appointed Monopolies Commissioner, and assumed the Principalship of Brasenose College Oxford from 1972 to 1978.

Keywords:   H. L. A. Hart, law, jurisprudence, United Kingdom, sexuality, Oxford University, Jeremy Bentham, philosophy, philosophical revolution, liberalization

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