Appeal to the People's Court

Rethinking Law, Judging, and Punishment


In Appeal to the People’s Court: Rethinking Law, Judging, and Punishment, Vincent Luizzi turns to the goings on in courts at the lowest level of adjudication for fresh insights for rethinking these basic features of the legal order. In the pragmatic tradition of turning from fixed and unchanging conceptions, the work rejects the view of law as a set of black and white rules, of judging as the mechanical application of law to facts, and of punishment as a necessary, punitive response to crime. The author, a municipal judge and philosophy professor, joins theory and practice to feature the citizen in rethinking these institutions. The work includes a foreword by Richard Hull, special Guest Editor for this volume in Studies in Jurisprudence.
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Biographical Note

Vincent Luizzi, Ph.D. (1973), University of Pennsylvania; J.D. (1976), Boston University, is Professor of Philosophy at Texas State University and a municipal judge in San Marcos. Appeal to the People’s Court is his sequel to A Case for Legal Ethics (SUNY Press, 1993).

Table of contents

Editorial Foreword
Richard T. Hull

Introduction: People’s Courts and Legal Philosophy

1 Spotlight on People’s Courts

2 Law

3 Judging

4 Punishment


About the Author
Name Index
Subject Index


The book is written for the generally educated reader who would like to learn more about law, judging, and punishment and rethinking them through the lens of a people’s court.


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