|Jurisprudence| Criticism on definitions | Scope of Jurispurdence |Importance & Utility of jurisprudence| Ending Remarks|
There is no unanimity of opinion regarding the scope of jurisprudence. It may be discussed under the following three heads.
1. Early Period:
In the early period, jurisprudence has been so defined as to cover moral and religious percepts also and that has creted confusion.
2. Austinian Period.
It was the Austin who distinguished law from morality and theology and restricted the term to the body of rules set and enforced by the soveriegn or supreme law-making authority within the realm. So the scope of jurisprudence was limited to the study of the concept of positive law only.
3. Modern Period:
At present, there is a tendency to widen the scope of jurisprudence. The present view is that the scope of jurisprudence cannot be circumscribed or limited. It includes all concepts of human order and human conduct in state and society.
a. View of P.B. Mukherji:
Jurisprudence includes political social, economic and cultural ideas. It covers the study of man in relation to state and society.
b. View of Lord Redcliffe:
Jurisprudence is a part of history, a part of economics and sociology, a part of ethics and a philosophy of life.
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