Jurisprudence (Political Science)

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  • The study of law. In the United States, jurisprudence commonly refers to the philosophy of law. Modern jurisprudence has been largely dominated by Western academics, even though jurisprudence is or has been studied by others, such as Islamic scholars. The study of jurisprudence dates back to Roman scholarship, which focused on the relationship between law and morals.

    Among the purposes of the study of jurisprudence are to (a) explain and criticize bodies of law, (b) compare and contrast law with other fields of knowledge, (c) uncover the historical and cultural basis of a particular legal concept, (d) ask what the law ought to be, and (e) understand how the law applies to legal decisions.

    Some of the schools of legal thought that consider jurisprudence are medical jurisprudence, ...

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