By Michael Lobban
Volume eight, the 3rd of the ancient volumes of A Treatise of criminal Philosophy and normal Jurisprudence, bargains a historical past of felony philosophy in common-law nations from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. Its major concentration (like that of quantity nine) is at the ways that jurists and criminal philosophers thought of legislation and felony reasoning. the quantity starts off with a dialogue of the ‘common legislations brain’ because it advanced in overdue medieval and early smooth England. It is going directly to learn the various jurisprudential traditions which constructed in England and the U.S., exhibiting that whereas Coke’s imaginative and prescient of the typical legislations persisted to exert a powerful impression on American jurists, in England a extra positivist procedure took root, which stumbled on its fullest articulation within the paintings of Bentham and Austin.
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The sixteenth century saw a tenfold rise in the volume of civil litigation, which resulted in part from social and economic expansion. At the same time, there was a significant expansion in the number of lawyers, both of barristers and attorneys (Brooks 1986, 51 and 113; Brooks 1998a; Muldrew 1998; Prest 1986, 7). Moreover, in the age of humanism, law had a new cultural role. It was increasingly perceived that the work of the barrister was officium ingenii, to be contrasted with the mechanical officium laboris of the attorney.
German 1974a, 117; cf. St. German 1985, 121). ] though he can have none by common law” (St. German 1985, 108). The Chancery, where “the very truth in conscience is to be searched,” thus was able to provide a remedy where the common law could not (St. German 1985, 121). Indeed, in the case of uncancelled bonds, The Judges of the common law know as Judges by the grounds of the law that the payment sufficiently dischargeth the debt in reason and conscience, as the chancery doth, but yet they may not by the maxims and customs of the law admit the only payment for a sufficient plea before them.
In this context, questions were raised concerning the relationship between law and equity. St. German’s Doctor and Student was the first English published work to address the relationship between these two. For St. German, if in many areas conscience was to be guided by law, there were also times when law was to be ruled by a conscience which was not simply a set of rules pronounced by theologians. In defining this conscience, St. German elaborated the concept of synderesis. This was a natural power in the soul moving towards good from evil, which he described as “a spark of reason” (St.
A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence. Volume 8. A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World, 1600-1900 by Michael Lobban