Readership: Jurisprudence students and
teachers, moral and political philosophy students and teachers, and general readers interested in practical philosophy
Neil MacCormick, Formerly Regius Professor Emeritus of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations in the University of Edinburgh
The late Neil MacCormick was Regius Professor of Public Law at Edinburgh University since 1972 where he served various terms as Dean of the Faculty of Law, Provost of the Faculty Group of Law and Social Sciences, and Vice-Principal (International). His previous posts were at Balliol College (Fellow and Tutor in Jurisprudence 1967-72) and St Andrew's University (Lecturer in Jurisprudence, Queen's College Dundee, 1965-7)
From 1999 to 2004 he served as Member of the European Parliament (Scotland, Scottish National Party/European Free Alliance), and had the unusual experience of participating in the Constitutional Convention that drafted the currently derailed constitution for Europe.
In 2007, Neil MacCormick was elected President of the 'IVR', the International association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. This marks his rare international distinction as a leader in philosophy of law World-wide.
"The theory of law and practical reason offered in MacCormick's latest book constitutes an insightful approach through which to tackle some of the more debated issues in jurisprudence and practical philosophy today. Critical reflection on MacCormick's theory, thus, may indeed by the way to work toward an insightful treatment of reason applied to practical disputes." - Stefano Bertea, Journal of Law and Society, Volume 23, No.3, 2009
"The book is clearly written in MacCormick's usual lucid and lively style avoiding technicalities, and a pleasure to read. Anyone having heard him lecture will sense his voice and be enlightened to think on the use of practical reason...MacCormick's account is a rewarding read and his message should
be taken seriously by anyone interested in law and morality" - Jes Bjarup, Natural Law, Practical Reason and Autonomous Persons, Archiv Fuer Rechts Und Sozialphilosophie 95.3
"...deserves a wider reading and could change the picture of legal positivism nowadays. It could be the case not only because of the valuable new insight into the old problems invoked in philosophical thoughts achieved by means of dialogue with the contemporary context of legal theory, but also because of the deepness, reflective and proactively original insight presented in MacComick's last book. I strongly recommend this book to every lawyer" - Lidia Rodak, Silesian Journal of Legal Studies
Table of cases
1: Incentives and Reasons
2: Values and Human Nature
3: Right and Wrong
4: Questions of Trust
5: Autonomy and Reason
6: Obedience, Freedom and Engagement - or Utility?
7: Society, Property, and Commerce
8: On Justice
9: Using Freedom Well
10: Judging: Legal Cases and Moral Questions
11: Practical Reason, Law, and State