Laws Evolution and Human Understanding

Hardcover | October 10, 2012

byLaurence Claus

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Law's Evolution and Human Understanding presents an evolutionary account of law and government. In it, Laurence Claus contends that the law of any human community is a self-generating, self-recognizing system of human communications that signals likely action within that community. Law ineffect is a system that uniquely serves and symbiotically defines a community regardless of any moral right claims. Understanding law as a self-fulfilling signaling system frees us to discard the fabrications of authority rooted in creationist accounts of law and government.Law's Evolution and Human Understanding articulates a fresh conception of law that builds on Oliver Wendell Holmes' celebrated insights concerning law's predictive potential. The book considers important implications of this new understanding for how we individually make moral choices, how we readlaw, and some of the many other ways that law affects our lives.

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Law's Evolution and Human Understanding presents an evolutionary account of law and government. In it, Laurence Claus contends that the law of any human community is a self-generating, self-recognizing system of human communications that signals likely action within that community. Law ineffect is a system that uniquely serves and symb...

Laurence Claus is a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. Professor Claus clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from August 1999 to August 2000. He was a John M. Olin fellow in law at Northwestern University School of Law prior to joining the USD law faculty in 2001, and ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199735093

ISBN - 13:9780199735099

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Table of Contents

1. What Makes Words Law?2. How Law Grows Up in a Group3. The Invention of "Because I Said So"4. The Empty Idea of Authority5. Ideas that Endure6. When Should We Do What Law Signals?7. How Law Works8. Evolution and Revolution9. Reading to Understand Each Other10. The Life of the LawNotesAcknowledgmentsIndex