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This Cambridge Element series provides an accessible overview of the philosophy of law, drawing on its varied intellectual traditions. The series recruits distinguished scholars from law and philosophy who showcase the interdisciplinary dimensions of jurisprudential enquiry, review the state of the art in the field, and suggest fresh research agendas for the future. 

Focussing on issues rather than traditions or authors, the individual contributions seek to deepen our understanding of the foundations of the law, ultimately with a view to offering practical insights into some of the major challenges of our age. 

The series will appeal to students and scholars of legal, political and moral philosophy, ethics and meta-ethics, the philosophy of action, the philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, sociology, and the social sciences.

Series Editors

George Pavlakos is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the School of Law, University of Glasgow. He has held visiting posts at the Universities of Antwerp, Kiel, Luzern, the European University Institute, the UCLA Law School, the Cornell Law School and the Beihang Law School in Beijing. His papers have appeared among others in Legal Theory, Ratio Juris and The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. He is the author of Our Knowledge of the Law (2007) and has edited more recently Agency, Negligence and Responsibility (2021) and Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency (2015). He has been leading since 2010 the book series Law and Practical Reason and is a general editor of the academic journal Jurisprudence.


Gerald J. Postema is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; a Guggenheim Fellow (2005-6); a Rockefeller Fellow, Bellagio (2001); and a Fellow of the Netherland Institute for Advanced Studies (1996-7). He has held visiting posts at the University of Cambridge, the European University Institute (Florence), the University of Athens, Yale University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Among his publications count Utility, Publicity, and Law: Bentham’s Moral and Legal Philosophy (2019); On the Law of Nature, Reason, and the Common Law: Selected Jurisprudential Writings of Sir Matthew Hale (2017); Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World (2011), Bentham and the Common Law Tradition (1986/1989).



Kenneth M. Ehrenberg is Professor of Jurisprudence and Philosophy at the University of Surrey School of Law and Co-Director of the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy. He is the author of The Functions of Law (2016) and numerous articles on the nature of law, jurisprudential methodology, the relation of law to morality, practical authority, and the epistemology of evidence law. He was the HLA Hart Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford in 2010 and holds a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University as well as a Juris Doctor from Yale.


Associate Editor

Sally Zhu is a Lecturer in Property Law at University of Sheffield.  Her research is on property and private law aspects of platform and digital economies. She was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at University of Glasgow and holds a PhD in Law from London School of Economics.