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A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream

Nicola Lacey


This book recounts the life of H. L. A. Hart, the pre-eminent legal philosopher of the 20th century, and sheds light on the genesis of Hart's ideas and the scale of his contribution to legal and political philosophy. Following Hart's life from modest origins as the son of Jewish tailor parents in Yorkshire to worldwide fame as the most influential English-speaking legal theorist of the post-War era, the book traces his successive metamorphoses; from Yorkshire schoolboy to Oxford scholar, from government intelligence officer to Professor of Jurisprudence, and from awkward bachelor to family fig ... More

Keywords: H. L. A. Hart, legal philosophy, psychological development, anti-semitism, intellectual creativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199202775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicola Lacey, author
Professor of Criminal Law, London School of Economics; Adjunct Professor of Social and Political Theory, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

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