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Pluralism and Law

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Arend SoetemanFree University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISBN13: 9780792370390
ISBN: 0792370392
Published: June 2001
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

While the modern world is divided into roughly 200 sovereign states, many of the problems we are experiencing are global in scale and cannot be solved by nation states acting alone. The one world has many different traditions, too: very different ideas exist about how a nation state should be organised politically, the universality of human rights, relations between women and men - indeed, about everything of any importance. Different developments in our world pose a challenge to legal and social philosophers. What can we say about justice in a pluralist world? Is there some universal justice? Are there universal human rights? What is the function of the state in the modern world? How should the law deal with global problems, such as the environment or migration? And how can we or should we argue about such issues? Such are the problems dealt with by the 20th world congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, held in Amsterdam in June 2001 and published in this book, which can be read with pleasure and profit by legal and social philosophers, students of human rights, political philosophers and all those who want to know about the challenge

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Introduction: A. Soeteman.
1. Formal Justice as a Common Language; P. Westerman.
2. Retribution in the Transition to Democracy; J. Elster.
3. Hate Speech and the Law: A Canadian Perspective; W. Sumner.
4. Human Rights and the Partial Eclipse of Justice; T. Campbell.
5. L'Etat, les Pouvoirs et la Liberte; P. Raynaud.
6. Pluralism, Social Conflict, and Tolerance; L. Green.
7. Humanitarian Intervention and the Self-Image of the State; G. den Hartogh.
8. The Boundaries of Democratic Pluralism; A. Harel.
9. Law, Rights and Democracy after Totalitarianism; G. Skapska.
10. A `Struggle Approach' to Human Rights; C. Heyns.
11. Ethics Codes: The Regulatory Norms of a Globalized Society?; W. Cragg.
12. Plurality of Cultures and Natural Law; H. Takahashi.
13. Cultural Pluralism and the Idea of Human Rights; J. Sieckmann.
14. Legal Reasoning and Systematization of Law; P. Navarro.
15. A Perspective on Comparative Legal Methodology and its Barriers; H. Aoi.
16. A Semiotic Perspective on the Comparison of Analogical Reasoning in Secular and Religious Legal Systems; B. Jackson.
17. Why is Legal Reasoning Defeasible?; J.C. Bayon.
18. Legal Logic, Its existence, nature and use; J.C. Hage.
19. Collective Intentions, Legislative Intents, and Social Choice; E. Lagerspetz. The Authors.