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Making Sense in Jurisprudence

Bernard S. Jackson

Bernard Jackson is Queen Victoria Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool, U.K.

A pioneer in the application of semiotics to law and legal theory, his earlier books including Semiotics and Legal Theory (RKP, 1985); Law, Fact and Narrative Coherence (Deborah Charles Publications, 1988); and Making Sense in Law (Deborah Charles Publications, 1995), Professor Jackson here offers an accessible account of contemporary jurisprudence, in its relationship to linguistics, psychology and semiotics.

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This textbook reviews both traditional and radical approaches to legal theory, with emphasis on the accounts which legal theorists have given of law as a particular form of meaning. Suitable for undergraduate courses, either as the primary text or as supplementary reading, it compares claims made by legal theorists about the construction of the sense of law with those derived from linguistics, psychology and semiotics.

It may be used either in tandem with Jackson's Making Sense in Law, or independently.


1. Law, Biology and Development
2. The Command Theory
3. Historical Jurisprudence
4. Pure Normativism: Kelsen
5. Scandinavian Realism
6. American Realism
7. Hart's "Soft Positivism"
8. Law, Morality and Society
9. The Semiotics of Adjudication and the Justification of Legal Decisions
10. Some Radical Forms of Jurisprudential Critique (CLS, Deconstructionism, Psychoanalysis, Feminism

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See review by Brunet in Droit et Société 39-1998, 457-58

Hardback ISBN 0-9513793-8-0

Paperback ISBN 0-9513793-9-9

Published December 1996