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A Life of H. L. A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream

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H.L.A. Hart was the pre-eminent legal philosopher of the twentieth century. As a scholar he single-handedly reinvented the philosophy of law and revolutionized our understanding of law as a social institution. Hart's approach to legal philosophy was at once disarmingly simple and breathtakingly ambitious, combining the insights of the Utilitarian tradition and the new ling ...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by OUP Oxford (first published 2004)
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Joshua
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult book to evaluate. The reason is that, while this book tells the story of a very interesting man, it is probably not on the top of most people's reading lists. If you have never read anything by H.L.A. Hart, it will probably not interest you. That said, Hart's life is full of surprises, and was not nearly as staid as that of a stereotypical academic. Hart constantly struggled with powerful personal demons, including a lifelong attraction to men and intellectual insecurity. How ...more
Wes Pue
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting
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Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-people
1. It is very weird reading Hart's early love letters to his wife. Also learning about his, in Lacey's words, "homoerotic inclinations".

2. So sad! ;_; The bit especially about how he reads and rereads Law's Empire but can't get a proper hold of the ideas, and he spends ages trying to come up with a rebuttal but never really does, and it is just heartbreaking. I am welling up just thinking about it.

Really a very good biography. I think probably it is even more interesting than it would otherwise
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