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Jurismania: The Madness of American Law [NOOK Book]

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In Jurismania, Paul Campos asserts that our legal system is beginning to exhibit symptoms of serious mental illness. Trials and appeals that stretch out for years and cost millions, 100-page appellate court opinions, 1,000-page statutes before which even lawyers tremble with fear, and a public that grows more litigious every day all testify to a judicial overkill that borders on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Campos locates the source of such madness, paradoxically, in our worship of reason and the resulting ...
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Jurismania: The Madness of American Law

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Overview

In Jurismania, Paul Campos asserts that our legal system is beginning to exhibit symptoms of serious mental illness. Trials and appeals that stretch out for years and cost millions, 100-page appellate court opinions, 1,000-page statutes before which even lawyers tremble with fear, and a public that grows more litigious every day all testify to a judicial overkill that borders on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Campos locates the source of such madness, paradoxically, in our worship of reason and the resulting belief that all problems are amenable to legal solutions. In discussions of a wide range of cases, from NCAA regulations of student-athletes to the Simpson trial, from our most intractable social disputes over abortion and physician-assisted suicide to the war on drugs and the increasingly fastidious attempts to regulate behavior in public spaces, Campos shows that the mania for more law exacerbates the very problems it seeks to remedy. In his final chapter, the author calls instead for a humbling recognition of the limits of reason and a much more modest role for our legal system.
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Editorial Reviews

Larry A. Alexander
Campos is insightful, witty, and urbane. He demonstrates again and again the ludicrous and oppressive pretensions of hyperegulative law....I enthusiastically recommend "Jurismania" to everyone concerned with the ever-increasing intrusion of law and bureacracy into our lives. -- Larry A. Alexander
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198026747
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 341 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Campos is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado and Director of the Byron R. White Center for American Constitutional Study.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
1. American Culture and the Madness of Law 3
2. The Color of Money 16
3. The Anarchic Panopticon 27
4. Leaving Las Vegas 50
5. Rationalization and Its Discontents 81
6. Toward a General Theory of Unicorns 104
7. Addicted to Law 122
8. The Future of an Illusion 138
9. The Banality of Goodness 151
10. The Way of Renunciation 175
Index 195
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