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Law's Task: The Tragic Circle of Law, Justice and Human Suffering

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ISBN13: 9780754671329
Published: October 2008
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: Uk
Format: Hardback
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What is the ultimate task of law? This deceptively simple question guides this volume towards a radically original philosophical interpretation of law and justice. Weaving together the philosophical, jurisprudential and ethical problems suggested by five general terms – thinking, human suffering, legal meaning, time and tragedy – the book places the idea of law's ultimate task in the context of what actually happens when people seek to do justice and enforce legal rights in a world that is inflected by the desperation and suffering of the many. It traces the rule of law all the way down to its most fundamental level: the existence of universal human suffering and how it is that law-doers inflict or tolerate that suffering.

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Preface; A summary of themes; The guiding question; Suffering and ethical distress; The problem of legal meaning; The limits of reason in legal interpretation; The times of law and religion; The tragedy of law and justice; Bibliography; Indexes.