Austin, John. Lectures on Jurisprudence or the Philosophy of Positive Law. Fifth Edition, Revised and Edited by Robert Campbell. Originally published: London: John Murray, 1885. 2 Vols. xxiii, 507; xiii, 509-1132 pp. Reprinted 2004, 2014 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774297; ISBN-10: 1584774290. Hardcover. New. $125. * Reprint of the fifth and best edition of Austin's magnum opus. First published in 1863, this work is a landmark in the development of modern legal thought. Its most important contributions are the strict delimitation of law and its distinction from morality, the elaboration of the idea of law as a kind of command and the close examination of such common legal terms as right, duty, liberty, injury and punishment. Widely regarded as the best, this fifth edition, edited by Campbell, had a profound influence on several important Anglo-American jurists such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. "No writer whom we know had more of the qualities needed for initiating and disciplining other minds in the difficult art of precise thought. Though the merit and worth of his writings as a contribution to the philosophy of jurisprudence are conspicuous, their educational value, as a training school for the higher class of intellects, will be found, we think, to be still greater. Considered in that aspect, there is not extant any other book which can do for the thinker exactly what this does. Independently of the demands which its subject makes upon the attention, not merely of a particular profession, but of all liberal and cultivated minds, we do not hesitate to say that as a mere organon for certain faculties of the intellect, a practical logic for some of the higher departments of thought, these volumes have a claim to a place in the education of statesmen, publicists, and students of the human mind." --JOHN STUART MILL, The Edinburgh Review 118 (October 1863) 139 JOHN AUSTIN [1790-1859] was the founder of English analytical jurisprudence and the first to subject the law to inductive analysis. When University College, London was founded, in 1826, he was appointed its first professor of jurisprudence, a subject that had previously occupied an unimportant place in legal studies. Posthumously influential, the only work published during his lifetime was The Province of Juri.
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