By Wilfrid Rumble
John Austin was once a towering presence in nineteenth-century English jurisprudence. He lived on the centre of the utilitarian circulation in London throughout the 1820s and 1830s, and have become its prime thinker of legislation after Bentham's dying (1832). Wilfrid E. Rumble's publication analyzes Austin's paintings in its ancient context, and indicates how a lot of it continues to be workable this day -- together with his notion of analytical jurisprudence, his sharp contrast among legislation and morality, and his utilitarian conception of resistance to govt. the result is a richer, extra nuanced portrait of Austin's criminal philosophy than his twentieth-century critics have painted. Doing Austin Justice hence fills a wide hole within the literature approximately this significant determine. it will likely be of considerable curiosity to jurists, historians of political philosophy, and of the 19th century extra commonly.
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The Legal Examiner and Law Chronicle also reacted very favourably to Austin's appointment. It indicated that his character was familiar to all persons who Austin in the classroom 41 have attended his lectures at the University of London. Modern students of his jurisprudence may be surprised to learn that his industry and laborious research had enabled him to accumulate 'a mass of information' about international law. 106 Austin's appointment to lecture at the Inner Temple is not the only evidence of the existence of substantial interest in his work, or that of other theorists.
The Legal Examiner and Law Chronicle, another newly established legal periodical, praised highly the decision of the Inner Temple to offer the classes. 104The Law Magazine lost no time in urging Austin's appointment as the 'fittest person' for the position of Lecturer on Jurisprudence and International Law. 105 The journal expressed the hope that the benchers would do everything possible to secure his services. The hope was realized (Thomas Starkie was appointed to teach the class on equity and the common law).
56. 57. 58. Doing Austin Justice Letter to George Grote, 9 December, 1827, in Ross, Three Generations, p. 68. , p. 67. , pp. 67-8. See LJ, p. 5; Andreas B. Schwarz, 'John Austin and the German Jurisprudence of his Time', Politica, August, 1934, p. 187; and Letter to George Grote, 9 December, 1827, in Ross, Three Generations, p. 69. LJ, p. 5. See Frederick Charles Von Savigny, Of the Vocation of Our Age for Legislation and Jurisprudence, trans. Abraham Hay ward (London: Littlewood, 1831). Austin characterized Savigny's Das Recht des Besitzes as 'of all books upon law, the most consummate and masterly; and ..