What is jurisprudence?

  • (noun): The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do.
    Synonyms: law, legal philosophy
    See also — Additional definitions below


Jurisprudence is the study and theory of law. Scholars of jurisprudence, or legal theorists (including legal philosophers and social theorists of law), hope to obtain a deeper understanding of the nature of law, of legal reasoning, legal systems and of legal institutions. Modern jurisprudence began in the 18th century and was focused on the first principles of the natural law, civil law, and the law of nations. General jurisprudence can be broken into categories both by the type of question scholars seek to answer and by the theories of jurisprudence, or schools of thought, regarding how those questions are best answered. Contemporary philosophy of law, which deals with general jurisprudence, addresses problems in two rough groups:

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Normative Jurisprudence - John Rawls
... There are many other normative approaches to the philosophy of law, including critical legal studies and libertarian theories of law. ...
List Of Rectors For The University Of Oslo - Rectors, 1907-
... Mineralogy and geology 1912-1918 Bredo Henrik von Munthe af Morgenstierne Jurisprudence, economics, and statistics 1919-1921 Fridtjof Nansen1 Zoology and oceanography 1919-1921 Axel Holst Jurisprudence 1921-1927 ... Andenæs Jurisprudence 1973-1976 Otto Bastiansen Chemistry 1977-1984 Bjarne A ... Waaler Medicine 1985-1992 Inge Lønning Theology 1993-1998 Lucy Smith Jurisprudence 1999-2001 Kaare R ...
Sources Of Islamic Law
... Various sources of sharia are used by Islamic jurisprudence to elucidate the sharia, the body of Islamic law ... do not explicitly deal with every conceivable eventuality, jurisprudence must refer to resources and authentic documents to find the correct course of action ... Among Shia, Usuli school of Ja'fari jurisprudence uses four sources, which are Qur'an, Sunnah, consensus and the intellect ...
Alfred Swaine Taylor - Works
... On the Art of Photogenic Drawing, 1840 Manual of Medical Jurisprudence, 1844 Medical jurisprudence, 1845 A thermometric table on the scales of fahrenheit, centigrade and Reaumur, compressing the most ...
List Of Master's Degrees In North America - Jurisprudence
... A Master's of Jurisprudence degree M.J ... or M.Jur) is sometimes used as an alternative name for both Master of Laws and Master of Studies in Law ...

More definitions of "jurisprudence":

  • (noun): The collection of rules imposed by authority.
    Example: "The great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
    Synonyms: law