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The Mysterious Science of the Law An Essay on Blackstone's Commentaries by Daniel J. Boorstin

The Mysterious Science of the Law An Essay on Blackstone's Commentaries


The Mysterious Science of the Law An Essay on Blackstone's Commentaries by Daniel J. Boorstin

Referred to as the bible of American lawyers, Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England shaped the principles of law in both England and America when its first volume appeared in 1765. For the next century that law remained what Blackstone made of it. Daniel J. Boorstin examines why Commentaries became the knowledge that any lawyer needed to acquire. Set against the intellectual values of the 18th century and the notions of reason, nature, and the sublime, Commentaries is fitted into its social setting. Boorstin has provided an intellectual history of the time, illustrating the elegance, social values and internal contradictions of the Age of Reason.

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Publication date

6th June 1996


Daniel J. Boorstin

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University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press


274 pages


Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Laws of Specific jurisdictions
Jurisprudence & philosophy of law



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