Legal Classics




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  • Ideal Element in Law

    The Ideal Element in Law

    Roscoe Pound
    Roscoe Pound, former dean of Harvard Law School, delivered a series of lectures at the University of Calcutta in 1948. In these lectures, he criticized virtually every modern mode of interpreting the law because he believed the administration of justice had lost its grounding and recourse to enduring ideals. These […]
  • Restoring the Lost Constitution

    Restoring the Lost Constitution

    Randy Barnett - SIGNED
    The U.S. Constitution found in school textbooks and under glass in Washington is not the one enforced today by the Supreme Court. In Restoring the Lost Constitution, Randy Barnett argues that since the nation's founding, but especially since the 1930s, the courts have been cutting holes in the original Constitution and its amendments […]
  • The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

    The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

    John Milton
    Written during the English Revolution, Milton's pamphlet argues that there exists a voluntary contract between free men and their rulers, and that if a ruler becomes a tyrant then the people have the right to depose him if the ordinary magistrates have not done so.
  • The Law of Nations

    The Law of Nations

    Christian Wolff
    Christian Wolff’s The Law of Nations is a cornerstone of eighteenth-century thought. A treatise on the philosophy of human action, on the foundations of political communities, and on international law, it influenced philosophers throughout the eighteenth-century Enlightenment world. According to Knud Haakonssen, general editor of the Natural Law and Enlightenment […]
  • Orations of Cicero

    Orations of Cicero

    Cicero was perhaps the most famous orator in the history of Rome and the most influential on the founding fathers. This collection of his most important speeches includes his Orations against Cataline, in which he successfully thwarted a conspiracy against the Roman government. It also contains his Philippics, a defense […]
  • On the Donation of Constantine

    Lorenzo Valla
    The Donation of Constantine was the most famous forgery in European history. It purported to grant Sylvester, Bishop of Rome from 314-336, legal title to Rome, all of Italy, and the western provinces, to remain forever under the Roman See. This document was almost universally accepted as genuine from the […]
  • The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy

    William Paley
    This classic work by William Paley was one of the most popular books in England and America in the early nineteenth century. Its significance lies in the fact that it marks an important point at which eighteenth-century "whiggism" began to be transformed into nineteenth-century "liberalism." But the popularity of the book […]
  • Whigs and Whiggism

    Benjamin Disraeli
     Whigs and Whiggism is a collection of important political writings of Benjamin Disraeli,  a nineteenth century British Prime Minister and one of England's most impressive theorists and statesmen.  Disraeli displayed an implacable hatred of oligarchy, liberal progressivism, and all forms of materialism.  He used his unique gifts to champion and […]
  • The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks

    The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks

    John Millar
    The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks is one of the major products of the Scottish Enlightenment and a masterpiece of jurisprudence and social theory. Drawing on Adam Smith's four-stages theory of history and the natural law's traditional division of domestic duties into those toward servants, children, and women, Millar […]

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