Where Does Law Come From?

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Title: Where Does Law Come From?
Authors: Casey, Gerard
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5108
Date: Dec-2010
Online since: 2013-12-03T09:50:52Z
Abstract: Law, like language, is the product of social evolution, embodied in custom. The conditions for the emergence of law embodiment, scarcity, rationality, relatedness and plurality are outlined, and the context for the emergence of law dispute resolution is analysed. Adjudication procedures, rules and enforcement mechanisms, the elements of law, emerge from this context. The characteristics of such a customarily evolved law are its severely limited scope, its negativity, and its horizontality. It is suggested that a legal system (or systems) based on the principles of archaic law could answer the needs of social order without permitting the paternalistic interferences with liberty characteristic of contemporary legal systems.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center
Journal: Philosophical Inquiry
Volume: 32
Issue: 3-4
Start page: 85
End page: 92
Copyright (published version): 2010, Philosophy Documentation Center
Keywords: Legal systemsEmbodimentScarcityRationalityRelatednessPluralityDispute resolutionSociety
DOI: 10.5840/philinquiry2010323/45
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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