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Law's Evolution and Human Understanding


ISBN13: 9780199735099
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £47.99



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Law's Evolution and Human Understanding presents an evolutionary account of law and government. In it, Laurence Claus contends that the law of any human community is a self-generating, self-recognizing system of human communications that signals likely action within that community. Law in effect is a system that uniquely serves and symbiotically defines a community regardless of any moral right claims.

Understanding law as a self-fulfilling signaling system frees us to discard the fabrications of authority rooted in creationist accounts of law and government. Law's Evolution and Human Understanding articulates a fresh conception of law that builds on Oliver Wendell Holmes' celebrated insights concerning law's predictive potential.

The book considers important implications of this new understanding for how we individually make moral choices, how we read law, and some of the many other ways that law affects our lives.

Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
1. WHAT MAKES WORDS LAW?
2. HOW LAW GROWS UP IN A GROUP
3. THE INVENTION OF "BECAUSE I SAID SO"
4. THE EMPTY IDEA OF AUTHORITY
5. IDEAS THAT ENDURE
6. WHEN SHOULD WE DO WHAT LAW SIGNALS?
7. HOW LAW WORKS
8. EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION
9. READING TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER
10. THE LIFE OF THE LAW
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX