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Author Taiwo, Olufemi, author

Title Legal naturalism : a Marxist theory of law / Olufemi Taiwo
Published Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (x, 215 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. The Foundation: Marx on Law and Laws -- 2. A Marxist Theory of Natural Law -- 3. Laying Down the Law: The Positivization of Natural Law -- 4. On the Autonomy of Law -- 5. Change and Continuity in Law -- 6. Should Law Wither Away?
Summary Legal Naturalism advances a clear and convincing case that Marx's theory of law is a form of natural law jurisprudence. It explicates both Marx's writings and the idea of natural law, and makes a forceful contribution to current debates on the foundations of law. Olufemi Taiwo argues that embedded in the corpus of Marxist writing is a plausible, adequate, and coherent legal theory. In this sophisticated, well-written book, he describes Marx's general concept of law, which he calls "legal naturalism." For Marxism, natural law isn't a permanent verity; it refers to the basic law of a given epoch or social formation which is an essential aspect of its mode of production. Capitalist law is thus natural law in a capitalist society and is politically and morally progressive relative to the laws of preceding social formations
Taiwo emphasizes that these formations are dialectical or dynamic, not merely static, so that the law which is naturally appropriate to a capitalist economy will embody tensions and contradictions that replicate the underlying conflicts of that economy. In addition, he discusses the enactment and reform of "positive law"--Law established by government institutions - in a Marxian framework
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-210) and index
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Subject Marx, Karl, 1818-1883.
Natural law.
Law and socialism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781501701740 (electronic bk)
1501701746 (electronic bk)