Kantianism, Postmodernism and Critical Legal Thought

  • Ian Ward

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Ian Ward
    Pages 1-3
  3. Ian Ward
    Pages 57-77
  4. Ian Ward
    Pages 78-112
  5. Ian Ward
    Pages 113-132
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 158-174

About this book


Kantianism, Postmodernism and Critical Legal Thought presents a challenging alternative theory of legal philosophy. The central thesis of the book suggests an accommodation between three of the most influential contemporary theories of law, Kantianism, postmodernism and critical legal thought. In doing so, it further suggests that the often perceived distance between these theories of law disguises a common intellectual foundation. This foundation lies in the work of Immanuel Kant.
Kantianism, Postmodernism and Critical Legal Thought presents an intellectual history of critical legal thinking, beginning with Kant, and then proceeding through philosphers and legal theorists as diverse as Heidegger and Arendt, Foucault and Derrida, Rorty and Rawls, and Unger and Dworkin. Ultimately, it will be suggested that each of these philosophers is writing within a common intellectual tradition, and that by concentrating on the commonality of this tradition, contemporary legal theory can better appreciate the reconstructive potential of the critical legal project.


Foucault Hannah Arendt Immanuel Kant John Rawls Michel Foucault legal thinking morality responsibility will

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of DundeeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4911-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8830-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4395
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