The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law provides a comprehensive, non-technical philosophical treatment of the fundamental questions about the nature of law. Its coverage includes law’s relation to morality and the moral obligations to obey the law, the main philosophical debates about particular legal areas such as criminal responsibility, property, contracts, family law, law and justice in the international domain, legal paternalism and the rule of law.

The entirely new content has been written specifically for newcomers to the field, making the volume particularly useful for undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of law and related areas. All 39 chapters, written by the world’s leading researchers and edited by an internationally distinguished scholar, bring a focused, philosophical perspective to their subjects. The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law promises to be a valuable and much consulted student resource for many years.

part |92 pages

Theories About The Nature Of Law

chapter |13 pages

The Nature Of Law

An Introduction

chapter |15 pages

Natural Law Theory

Its Past and Its Present

chapter |17 pages

Legal Positivism

Early Foundations

chapter |17 pages

Legal Positivism

Contemporary Debates

part |44 pages

Legal Reasoning

part |312 pages

Theories of Legal Areas

part |99 pages

Criminal Law

part |19 pages


part |15 pages


part |27 pages


part |12 pages


part |19 pages

Environmental Law

part |34 pages


part |59 pages

Law As A Coercive Order

chapter |16 pages


chapter |14 pages


chapter |13 pages

The Rule of Law

part |45 pages

Moral Obligations To Law

part |63 pages

Rights And Equality