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The Role of Science in Law

Robin Feldman


The allure of science has always captivated members of the legal profession. Its siren's song offers a tune of perfection and the promise of endowing law with the respect and deference from society that we crave. We continually look to science to rescue us from the discomfort of difficult legal decisions, and we are constantly disappointed. The powerful allure of science flows in part from our distress over the imperfections of law. With 20th-century legal theory ringing in our ears, it is tempting to see law as a hopeless enterprise, distorted by biases, hampered by ineptitude, and cluttered ... More

Keywords: law and science, law and society, jurisprudence, copyright, environmental law, constitutional law, abortion, law and technology, gene patenting, antitrust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195368581
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368581.001.0001


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Robin Feldman, author