Law s Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal Person (Paperback)

Professor Ngaire Naffine

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Language: English Brand New Book. The perennial question posed by the philosophically-inclined lawyer is What is law? or perhaps What is the nature of law? This book poses an associated, but no less fundamental, question about law which has received much less attention in the legal literature. It is: Who is law for? Whenever people go to law, they are judged for their suitability as legal persons. They are given or refused rights and duties on the basis of ideas about who matters. These ideas are basic to legal-decision making; they form the intellectual and moral underpinning of legal thought. They help to determine whether law is essentially for rational human beings or whether it also speaks to and for human infants, adults with impaired reasoning, the comotose, foetuses and even animals. Are these the right kind of beings to enter legal relationships and so become legal persons. Are they, for example, sufficiently rational, or sacred or simply human? Is law meant for them? This book reveals and evaluates the type of thinking that goes into these fundamental legal and metaphysical determinations about who should be capable of bearing legal rights and duties. It identifies and analyses four influential ways of thinking about law s person, each with its own metaphysical suppositions. One approach derives from rationalist philosophy, a second from religion, a third from evolutionary biology while the fourth is strictly legalistic and so endeavours to eschew metaphysics altogether. The book offers a clear, coherent and critical account of these complex moral and intellectual processes entailed in the making of legal persons. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : The perennial question posed by the philosophically-inclined lawyer is 'What is law?' or perhaps 'What is the nature of law?' This book poses an associated, but no less fundamental, question about law which has received much less attention in the legal literature. It is: 'Who is law for?'Whenever people go to law, they are judged for their suitability as legal persons. They are given or refused rights and duties on the basis of ideas about who matters. These ideas are basic to legal-decision making; they form the intellectual and moral underpinning of legal thought. They help to determine whether law is essentially for rational human beings or whether it also speaks to and for human infants, adults with impaired reasoning, the comatose, foetuses and even animals. Are these the right kind of beings to enter legal relationships and so become legal persons? Are they, for example, sufficiently rational, or sacred or simply human? Is law meant for them?This book reveals and evaluates the type of thinking that goes into these fundamental legal and metaphysical determinations about who should be capable of bearing legal rights and duties. It identifies and analyses four influential ways of thinking about law's person, each with its own metaphysical suppositions. One approach derives from rationalist philosophy, a second from religion, a third from evolutionary biology while the fourth is strictly legalistic and so endeavours to eschew metaphysics altogether. The book offers a clear, coherent and critical account of these complex moral and intellectual processes entailed in the making of legal persons.This book presents a unique jurisprudential study which questions 'What is law?' and 'Who is law for?'. The author adopts a radically different perspective, using a humanist approach. Ngaire Naffine is an internationally known legal writer.

Critique: This book is interesting, and not just because its topic in inherently interesting. Nor is it interesting solely because it brings to the forefront of our minds a pervasive and important issue often submerged in our thinking about, and doing of, law. The book - in addition and perhaps especially - is interesting because of what it presages. It provides a picture...of a jurisprudence in which the history and present of legal (and other) practices meets the history and present of legal (and other) concepts. This seems a much more stimulating vista than the sometimes arid terrain occupied by some contemporary legal philosophy. We should be grateful to Naffine, and other like-minded scholars, for striking out in this direction: Law's Meaning of Life stands as evidence of its intellectual promise. William Lucy Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2009 Legal theorists have devoted insufficient attention to legal personhood. This is a pity because it is a meaty issue and the great strength of Ngaire Naffine's important book...is the way in which she reveals its interest by excavating and illuminating the buried moral, metaphysical and philosophical theories which influence our thinking about legal personhood. Naffine provides a very perceptive and stimulating account of the strengths and weaknesses of Rationalism, Religionism and Naturalism. Denise Meyerson Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy Volume 35, 2010 Professor Naffine's Law's Meaning of Life provides a very rich and stimulating jurisprudence of the nature of the legal person. She has brought together a wide array of sources and skilfully deploys them in showing the various ways that the law, lawyers and other have understood 'who law is for'. Her book will undoubtedly be an essential reference point in future debates on this central jurisprudential question. Steven Tudor Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy Volume 35, 2010 Law's Meaning of Life...makes an important contribution to our understanding of how law, and lawyers, exclude important human experiences. ... Naffine develops her analysis by examining an impressive range of theory as well as examples from areas such as criminal law and medical ethics. Maleiha Malik The Modern Law Review Volume 73, Issue 6, 2010 [Naffine] convincingly argues that law is not a self-contained system, but one that frequently looks beyond purely legal conventions and norms in order to construct the concept of legal personhood. Readers who are looking for a well organized discussion of the (often schizophrenic) way in which the positive law appropriates extra-legal conceptions of human nature would do well to rely upon Naffine's guidance. Mark Navin Law and Politics Book Review Vol.19, No.9, September 2009

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Titre : Law s Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion,...
Éditeur : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Date d'édition : 2009
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