By Wilfrid Rumble
John Austin used to be a towering presence in nineteenth-century English jurisprudence. He lived on the centre of the utilitarian flow in London through the 1820s and 1830s, and have become its prime thinker of legislations after Bentham's loss of life (1832). Wilfrid E. Rumble's publication analyzes Austin's paintings in its ancient context, and exhibits how a lot of it is still workable this present day -- together with his belief of analytical jurisprudence, his sharp contrast among legislations and morality, and his utilitarian idea of resistance to executive. the outcome 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 is going to be of considerable curiosity to jurists, historians of political philosophy, and of the 19th century extra more often than not.
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The opinion that the abstractness of Austin's lectures contributed to their unpopularity does not depend on speculation. Rather, this hypothesis draws support from the views expressed by many of his contemporaries. For example, Sarah Austin argued that it could hardly be expected that courses with little practical relevance would attract large audiences. J. Park (1795-1833) took much the same position. He was appointed in 1831 to the Chair of English Law and Jurisprudence at the newly founded King's College.
Rather, this hypothesis draws support from the views expressed by many of his contemporaries. For example, Sarah Austin argued that it could hardly be expected that courses with little practical relevance would attract large audiences. J. Park (1795-1833) took much the same position. He was appointed in 1831 to the Chair of English Law and Jurisprudence at the newly founded King's College. Despite his acknowledgement of the accomplishments of English lawyers, he bemoaned the fact that nineteen out of twenty of them 'have never yet given a thought to the theory of that vast Austin in the classroom 33 machine, of which they are little more than the working engineers, who supply the fuel, and occasionally, perhaps, oil the pistons and axles'.
25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 25 See Three Generations, p. 88. Ibid. Silverpen, 'Suffolk Worthies and Persons of Note in East Anglia: No. 78, John Austin', Suffolk Chronicle (no date). The quotation is taken from a diary that Austin kept during the Peninsular War. It is reprinted in Gordon Waterfield, Lucie Duff Gordon in England, South Africa and Egypt (New York: Button, 1937), p. 13. SeePJZ), p. 142-7. , p. 217 note. , p. 70. Ipswich Journal, 25 January, 1812, p. 2. Robinson, Diary, vol. 111, p.