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Jurismania : The Madness of American Law - Paul F. Campos

Jurismania

The Madness of American Law

Paperback Published: 1st July 1999
ISBN: 9780195130836
Number Of Pages: 208

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In Jurismania, Paul Campos asserts that our legal system is beginning to exhibit symptoms of serious mental illness. Trials and appeals that stretch out for years and cost millions, 100 page appellate court opinions, 1,000 page statutes before which even lawyers tremble with fear, and a public that grows more litigious every day all testify to a judicial overkill that borders on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Campos locates the source of such madness, paradoxically, in our worship of reason and the resulting belief that all problems are amenable to legal solutions. In insightful discussions of a wide range of cases, from NCAA regulations of student-athletes to the Simpson trial, from our most intractable social disputes over abortion and physician-assisted suicide to the war on drugs and the increasingly fastidious attempts to regulate behavior in public spaces, Campos shows that the mania for more law exacerbates the very problems it seeks to remedy. In his final chapter, the author calls instead for a humbling recognition of the limits of reason and a much more modest role for our legal system.
Clearly written and laced with a delicious wit, Jurismania gives us a CAT-scan of the American legal mind at work. It reveals not only that the patient is even worse off than we imagined, but also clarifies the many reasons why.

"The breadth of Campos' work is astounding. He derives insights from such disparate sources as the codes of behavior regulating everything from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to his local library in demonstrating the absurd applications of legal thinking in American life.... His book is a work of serious scholarship, but Campos' writing is never dry."--The Denver Post "[An] acerbic analysis....A pointed, well-argued polemic."--Booklist "The full force of postmodernism is at work here, its sledgehammer of skepticism pounding at the very foundations of what we think of as law. And, as Campos recounts, at times brilliantly, the actors of the legal world, from unethical lawyers to a bickering and divided Supreme Court, give energy the assault, perhaps unwittingly."--The Los Angeles Times Book Review "Campos is insightful, witty, and urbane. He demonstrates again and again the ludicrous and oppressive pretensions of hyperegulative law and the `public reason' of courts and their academic handmaidens. I enthusiastically recommend Jurismania to everyone concerned with the ever-increasing intrusion of law and bureaucracy into our lives, and particularly to us legal academics, who have helped make this mess and who continue to profit from it."--Larry A. Alexander, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego "In a famous line one of Shakespeare's characters says, `Kill all the lawyers.' Paul Campos reports that the lawyers are killing us and that if we want to be serious about our problems we might begin by losing the illusion that the legal culture will solve them. A bracing message for an increasingly litigious society."--Stanley Fish, Duke University "The breadth of Campos' work is astounding. He derives insights from such disparate sources as the codes of behavior regulating everything from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to his local library in demonstrating the absurd applications of legal thinking in American life.... His book is a work of serious scholarship, but Campos' writing is never dry."--The Denver Post "[An] acerbic analysis....A pointed, well-argued polemic."--Booklist

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. 1
American Culture and the Madness of Lawp. 3
The Color of Moneyp. 16
The Anarchic Panopticonp. 27
Leaving Las Vegasp. 50
Rationalization and Its Discontentsp. 81
Toward a General Theory of Unicornsp. 104
Addicted to Lawp. 122
The Future of an Illusionp. 138
The Banality of Goodnessp. 151
The Way of Renunciationp. 175
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780195130836
ISBN-10: 0195130839
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st July 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.22 x 13.39  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.25