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The Legacy of John Austin's Jurisprudence

  • Michael Freeman
  • Patricia Mindus


  • The first ever collected volume on John Austin Provides the reader with deep insights on one of the founding fathers of jurisprudence

  • Systematically assesses Austin’s thought and legacy in the light of the contemporary debate

  • Offers a comparative perspective of Austin’s thought and legacy

  • Current trends and major movements within legal theory are taken into account in the light of Austin's philosophy


Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 103)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Patricia Mindus
    Pages 73-106
  3. Wilfrid E. Rumble
    Pages 131-153
  4. Pavlos Eleftheriadis
    Pages 155-168
  5. James Bernard Murphy
    Pages 169-183
  6. Michael Rodney
    Pages 185-214
  7. David Dyzenhaus
    Pages 215-236
  8. Michael Lobban
    Pages 255-270
  9. Frederick Schauer
    Pages 271-290
  10. Isabel Turégano Mansilla
    Pages 291-311
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 313-316

About this book


This is the first ever collected volume on John Austin, whose role in the founding of analytical jurisprudence is unquestionable. After 150 years, time has come to assess his legacy. The book fills a void in existing literature, by letting top scholars with diverse outlooks flesh out and discuss Austin’s legacy today. A nuanced, vibrant, and richly diverse picture of both his legal and ethical theories emerges, making a case for a renewal of interest in his work. The book applies multiple perspectives, reflecting Austin’s various interests – stretching from moral theory to theory of law and state, from roman law to constitutional law – and it offers a comparative outlook on Austin and his legacy on the backdrop of the contemporary debate and major movements within legal theory. It sheds new light on some central issues of practical reasoning: the relation between law and morals, the nature of legal systems, the function of effectiveness, the value-free character of legal theory, the connection between normative and factual inquiries in the law, the role of power, the character of obedience and the notion of duty.​


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Freeman
    • 1
  • Patricia Mindus
    • 2
  1. 1.Law SchoolUCLLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.UppsalaSweden

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