Law and Objectivity by Kent Greenawalt

Law and Objectivity

byKent Greenawalt

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In modern times the idea of the objectivity of law has been undermined by skepticism about legal institutions, disbelief in ideals of unbiased evaluation, and a conviction that language is indeterminate. Greenawalt here considers the validity of such skepticism, examining such questions as:whether the law as it exists provides determinate answers to legal problems; whether the law should treat people in an "objective way," according to abstract rules, general categories, and external consequences; and how far the law is anchored in something external to itself, such as socialmorality, political justice, or economic efficiency. In the process he illuminates the development of jurisprudence in the English-speaking world over the last fifty years, assessing the contributions of many important movements.

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Kent Greenawalt is the Benjamin N. Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at the Columbia University Law School.
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Title:Law and ObjectivityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.15 × 5.51 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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In recent times, a belief in the objectivity of the law has been undermined by skepticism about legal institutions and ideals of unbiased evaluation, and a conviction that language is necessarily indeterminate. Beginning with a thorough examination of the language of legal standards, the nature of these standards is considered, asking whether law should in fact treat people 'objectively, ' according to abstract rules and general categories.

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"Kent Greenawalt has written a thoughtful book examining the question of whether, and in what sense, the law is, or should be, objective....Greenawalt's book provides a thoughtful answer to a significant question about the nature of the law. And, for analysis of any number of thorny problemsinvolving rules, discretion, and objectivity."--Appellate Practice Section Newsletter