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Published: 23 December 2008

224 Pages

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195383768

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Law and the Limits of Reason

Adrian Vermeule

  • Discusses how the legal and political system is limited by the processing capacity of the brain, by errors arising from cognitive heuristics, by the intrinsic costs of information, and sometimes by emotions
  • Provides a signal contribution to one of the hottest topics in contemporary democratic theory, "epistemic democracy"
  • Questions what's behind the curtain of "settled practices" or "legal rules" and asks to what extent are these in fact a constellation of less-than-rational judgments?

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