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The most exciting development in legal thinking since World War II has been the growth of interdisciplinary legal studies--the application of the social sciences and the humanities to law in the hope of making law less formalistic, more practical, better grounded empirically, bettered tailored to social goals. Judge Richard A. Posner has been a leader in this movement, and his new book explores its rapidly expanding frontier. The book examines five principal areas or directions of interdisciplinary study: economics, history, psychology, the epistemology of law and the empirical study of law. These approaches are seen to interpenetrate and to compose a coherent body of legal theory--a unified framework for understanding such seemingly disparate phenomena as the economics of free speech, the intellectual history of economic analysis of law, the relation between income and liberty, the law of possession, the psychology of legal decisionmaking, the role of emotion in law, and the use of citation analysis to evaluate judges and law professors. The book carries on Posner's project of analyzing the law as an institution of social governance.

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The most exciting development in legal thinking since World War II has been the growth of interdisciplinary legal studies. Judge Richard Posner has been a leader in this movement, and his new book explores its rapidly expanding frontier.

About the Author

Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

University of Chicago Law School

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Economics

1. The Law and Economics Movement: From Bentham to Becker

2. The Speech Market

3. Normative Law and Economics: From Utilitarianism to Pragmatism

II. History

4. Law's Dependence on the Past

5. Historicism in Legal Scholarship: Ackerman and Kahn

6. Savigny, Holmes, and the Law and Economics of Possession

III. Psychology

7. Emotion in Law

8. Behavioral Law and Economics

9. Social Norms, with a Note on Religion

IV. Epistemology

10. Testimony

11. The Principles of Evidence and the Critique of Adversarial Procedure

12. The Rules of Evidence

V. Empiricism

13. Counting, Especially Citations

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674013605
Author:
Posner, Richard A.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
The Honorable Richard A. Posner
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Jurisprudence
Subject:
Law : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Harvard Univ PR
Publication Date:
March 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 tables
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23 oz

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