• Philosophy and the Law

  • How Judges Reason
  • By: Stephen Mathis
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mathis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 04-03-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (9 ratings)


Do judges deduce their decisions from legal rules and principles, or do they decide cases based on what is fair given the facts at hand? The latter view, held by Legal Realists, serves as the starting point for Professor Stephen Mathis's eye-opening look at how judges reason. In this compelling lecture series, the esteemed professor addresses such as whether the law is distinct form morality. Professor Mathis also attempts to identify a view that offers guidance to judges in deciding cases, and one that will provide the tools people need to evaluate the interpretations and decisions judges make.
©2008 Stephen Mathis; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cameron on 05-03-10

Good Explanation

This professor does a good job explaining the philosphy of the law. The material is really dense, but he does a good job breaking it down for the listener and giving illustrative examples. This helps the listener to understand better.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Danyohl on 13-03-10

Ahh, Ahh

This guy sounds very unintelligent, I can't get past all the times he says ahh...ahh. After every other word. It was annoying. I thought that I was getting some real information about the subject, but I found it very hard to listen to. I'm just glad I didn't spend my money for it. I used a credit to pay for it. It was rather expensive. I was unimpressed, the delivery was unscripted and the narrator did not speak well. Some of the information was useful, but the way the narrator delivered the speech seemed way too unintelligent. He kind of rambles on and switches from different subjects and leads you nowhere. I do not recommend this audio book. If it were reiterated with structured in a way that would be interesting and confident I would recommend it. This audio book needs a read over. That would give it more credibility.

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5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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