For newcomers to the philosophy of law and for anyone interested in legal reasoning and the difficult problems of jurisprudence this book gives an excellent overview the author discusses the history of the subject as well as giving a thorough discussion of modern developments. Posner argues for a pragmatic jurisprudence one that eschews formalism in favor of the factual and the empirical laws he argues are not abstract sacred entities but socially determined goads for shaping behavior to conform with societys values. In this book one of our countrys most distinguished scholar judges shares with us his vision of the law for the past two thousand years the philosophy of law has been dominated by two rival doctrines. Jurisprudence the collection of rules imposed by authority civilization presupposes respect for the law the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order law impounding impoundment internment poundage placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
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