This anthology of classical and contemporary philosophical and legal essays and legal cases focuses on legal philosophy as its own subjectâ€“rather than as an outgrowth of social or political philosophy or applied ethics. The essays focus on how law is organized and the particular philosophical issues that law raises. The book requires readers to think through actual debatesâ€“many of them still live in the courts. Initial sections on legal practice, legal reasoning, and the nature of law are followed by discussions of criminal, tort, contract, property and constitutional law. Also includes strong religious freedom and equality and the constitution coverage. For lawyers or philosophers studying legal philosophy.