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The Province of Jurisprudence Determined

(Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

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The Province of Jurisprudence Determined (1832) is a classic of nineteenth-century English jurisprudence, a subject on which Austin eventually had a profound impact. This edition includes the complete and unabridged text of the fifth (1885) and last edition. The comprehensive introduction discusses Austin's life, the main themes of his book, leading criticisms of his ideas ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 9th 1995 by Cambridge University Press
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Wolfgang Jiang
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Austin's assiduous and scrupulous attitude towards the research astonished me in a great extent. He was also talented at the linguistic analysis and very perceptive to catch the main issue from the complexity. To read this book, you probably need to draw a model to effectively understand Austin's theory.

Have been using a set of basic terms, like sovereign, command, sanction, subject and duties, John Austin tried to redefine positive law in this book. Lecture 1 is about the basic definition of la
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Aaron Crofut
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law
95% of this book is frustratingly repetitive and poorly written. In the other 5%, the most important point he raises is this: the government is supreme and not bounded by laws. If the government breaks the law, who "punishes" them? There may be "good" and "bad" laws according to different ideas of justice, but it isn't relevant because again, nobody is going to punish the government.

What about elections? Well, what would happen if the government abolished elections? Most likely answer: nothing.
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Adam
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1800-s, philosophy
Austin is obscenely repetitive, but this book is overall a fine explication of the most sane and wise philosophical position of legal positivism, and Austin does a good job arguing his case. There are some issues but other positivists have sorted them out in later works.
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John Austin (1790-1859) was a noted British jurist and published extensively concerning the philosophy of law and jurisprudence.

Austin served with the British Army in Sicily and Malta, but sold his officer's commission to study law. He became a member of the Bar during 1818. He discontinued his law practice soon
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