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Evolutionary Theory and Legal Philosophy - Wojciech Zaluski

Evolutionary Theory and Legal Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 30th September 2009
ISBN: 9781848444454
Number Of Pages: 192

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This unique book presents various ways in which evolutionary theory can contribute to the analysis of key legal-philosophical problems.Wojciech Zaluski explores three central questions; the ontological question - what is the nature of law?; the teleological-axiological question - what are the main values to be realized by law?; the normativity question, which has two aspects; normative: what explains the fact that legal norms provide reasons for action?, and motivational: what explains the fact that humans can be motivated by legal norms? It is argued that evolutionary theory suggests non-trivial answers to these questions, and that these answers can become the building blocks of a new - evolutionary - paradigm in legal philosophy. Being the first study entirely devoted to the analysis of fundamental legal-philosophical problems from the standpoint of evolutionary theory, this book is a must-read for graduate and postgraduate students, practitioners and philosophers in the field of legal philosophy.

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'Zaluski has written an intelligent book on the relevancy of evolution theory for the understanding of the law. As any substantive contribution to jurisprudence, its contents are not uncontroversial, especially where he argues that evolution theory has something to say about human nature. However, Zaluski shows the evolutionary perspective on the law to be a refreshing and illuminating one.' - Jaap Hage, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands 'Nobody interested in philosophy and in legal philosophy should miss this book. As a philosophical treatise it is of the highest standard, abundant with unexpected and valuable insights. And it leads the reader to the frontiers of new developments, especially how economics, game theory and evolutionary theory affects our understanding of the law. It masterly combines scientific acumen with a sense for humanity.' - Hans-Bernd Schafer, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

Contents: Introduction 1. The Evolutionary View of Human Nature 2. The Ontological Question 3. The Teleological-Axiological Question 4. The Normativity Question Epilogue: Evolutionary Current in Legal Philosophy Against a Background of Traditional Currents References Index

ISBN: 9781848444454
ISBN-10: 1848444451
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 30th September 2009
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.41

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