Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 March 2010

234 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823231911

Bookseller Code (01)


The Gift of Science

Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition

Roger Berkowitz

A Fordham University Press Publication

The front pages of our newspapers and the chatter on blogs bear witness to the divorce of law from justice. Highly paid lawyers mine the law for loopholes to help Fortune 500 corporations legally evade their taxes and ravage the environment. In a world governed by the rule of law, justice, it seems, is a distraction from the realworld struggle over political interest. Ought we, then, to abandon talk about abstract ideals of justice in favor of strategic and political arguments?Moving from the scientific revolution to the rise of law and economics, The Gift of Science tells the story of how lawyers invented a science of law to preserve law's claim to moral authority. The giftof science to law, however, proved bittersweet. Instead of strengthening the bond between law and justice, the subordination of law to science transformed law from an ethical order into a tool for social and economic ends.


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