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Laws of Fear
Beyond the Precautionary Principle

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Part of The Seeley Lectures

  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521615129

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  • This book is about the complex relationship between fear, danger, and the law. Cass Sunstein argues that the precautionary principle is incoherent and potentially paralyzing, as risks exist on all sides of social situations and there is no 'general' precautionary principle as such. His insight into The Laws of Fear represents a major statement for the contemporary world from one of the most influential political and legal theorists writing today.

    • A major statement on a very resonant theme from one of the most important and influential legal philosophers in the world today
    • Demonstrates how people can more sensibly reduce risks in their own lives
    • Indicates close links between environmentalist rhetoric about global warming and the war in Iraq, even the war on terror
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521615129
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 137 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Problems:
    1. Precautions and paralysis
    2. Behind the precautionary principle
    3. Worst case scenarios
    4. Fear as wildfire
    Part II. Solutions:
    5. Reconstructing the precautionary principle - and managing fear
    6. Costs and benefits
    7. Democracy, rights, and distribution
    8. Libertarian paternalism with Richard Thaler
    9. Fear and liberty
    A concluding note: fear and folly

  • Author

    Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago
    Cass Sunstein is Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, Law School and Department of Political Science, University of Chicago.

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