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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Law and the Passions: A Discrete History

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ISBN13: 9780415631594
To be Published: January 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

Although the connection of law, passion and emotion has become an established focus in legal scholarship, the extent to which emotion has always been, and continues to be, a significant influence in informing legal reasoning, decision-making, decision-avoidance and legal judgment - rather than an adjunct - is still a matter for critical analysis. Engaging with the underlying social context in which emotional states are a motivational force - and have produced key legal principles and controversial judgments, as evidenced in a range of illustrative legal cases - Law and the Passions: A Discrete History provides a uniquely inclusive commentary on the significance and influence of emotions in the history and continuing development of legal institutions and legal dogma. Law, it is argued, is a passion; and, as such, it is a primarily emotional endeavour.

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1. Law, aesthetics and social relations
2: Law as hate
3: Law as fear
4: Law as shame
5: Law as compassion
6: Law as love