Law in Context: Karl Llewellyn and the Realist Movement (2nd Revised edition)

Law in Context: Karl Llewellyn and the Realist Movement (2nd Revised edition)

By: William Twining (author)Hardback

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First published in 1973, Karl Llewellyn and the Realist Movement is a classic account of American Legal Realism and its leading figure. Karl Llewellyn is the best known and most substantial jurist of the group of lawyers known as the American Realists. He made important contributions to legal theory, legal sociology, commercial law, contract law, civil liberties and legal education. This intellectual biography sets Llewellyn in the broad context of the rise of the American Realist Movement and contains an overview of his life before focusing on his most important works, including The Cheyenne Way, The Bramble Bush, The Common Law Tradition and the Uniform Commercial Code. In this second edition the original text is supplemented with a preface by Frederick Schauer and an afterword in which William Twining gives a fascinating account of the making of the book and comments on developments in relevant legal scholarship over the past forty years.

About Author

William Twining is the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at University College London and a regular Visiting Professor at the University of Miami School of Law. He was a pupil of Karl Llewellyn in 1957-8 and put Llewellyn's very extensive papers in order after his death in 1962. Twining's recent writings include Rethinking Evidence, 2nd edition (2006), General Jurisprudence (2009) and How to Do Things with Rules, 5th edition (with David Miers, 2010), all published by Cambridge University Press and recognizable as part of the realist tradition.


Part I. The Rise of the Realist Movement, 1870-1931: Introduction: 1. Langdell's Harvard; 2. Corbin's Yale, 1897-1918; 3. Columbia in the 1920s; 4. The aftermath of the split; 5. The realist controversy, 1930-1; Part II. The Life and Work of Karl Llewellyn: A Case Study: 6. The man; 7. Two early works; 8. The Cheyenne Way; 9. Law in our society; 10. The Common Law Tradition; 11. The genesis of the uniform commercial code; 12. The jurisprudence of the uniform commercial code; 13. Miscellaneous writings; 14. The significance of Llewellyn: an assessment; Part III. Conclusion: 15. The significance of realism.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107023383
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 666
  • ID: 9781107023383
  • weight: 1050
  • ISBN10: 1107023386
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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