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Pound, Roscoe. Jurisprudence. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1959. Five volumes. Reprinted 2000 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-119-4. Cloth. $495. * Pound's magnum opus. This monumental work which was the culmination of a life devoted to the study of the law and its philosophical underpinnings. One of the most important contributions to the world's legal literature of the century in which he advances his views on sociological jurisprudence, the school of thought he championed. According to Pound, the law should be flexible to meet the changing needs of society. More important, it must recognize the needs of humanity and take contemporary social conditions into account. (Some theorists believe that this work inspired Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program.) Within are parts that cover The Nature of Law, Sources, Forms, Modes of Growth, Application and Enforcement of Law, The System of Law, chapters include Law and Morals-Jurisprudence and Ethics, Law and the State-Jurisprudence and Politics, The Judicial Process in Action, Obligations-Duties of Performance and of Restitution, Comparative Civil Procedure. Pound [1870-1964] was a pre-eminent legal educator, scholar and prolific author of influential writings on law. After private practice he was for many years a law professor, dean of Harvard law school from 1916-1936, and in his later years taught all over the world. Sayre, The Life of Roscoe Pound.

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