Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People

Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People

by Lynn Stout

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691139951
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/24/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Lynn Stout is the Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law at the UCLA School of Law. She is the coauthor of several books and a frequent commentator for NPR, PBS, and the Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii


Chapter 1: Franco's Choice 3

Chapter 2: Holmes' Folly 23

Chapter 3: Blind to Goodness: Why We Don't See

Conscience 45


Chapter 4: Games People Play: Unselfish Prosocial

Behavior in Experimental Gaming 75

Chapter 5: The Jekyll/Hyde Syndrome: A Three-Factor

Social Model of Unselfish Prosocial Behavior 94

Chapter 6: Origins 122


Chapter 7: My Brother's Keeper: The Role of

Unselfishness in Tort Law 151

Chapter 8: Picking Prosocial Partners: The Story of

Relational Contract 175

Chapter 9: Crime, Punishment, and Community 200


Conclusion Chariots of the Sun 233

Notes 255

Works Cited 281

Index 299

What People are Saying About This


With evident pride in their own tough-mindedness, rational choice theorists have long insisted that people are self-interested in the narrow sense. Lynn Stout's tough-minded book should persuade all but the most stubborn of them to rethink their skepticism. The rest of us will find useful guidance for how to restructure environments to help bring out the best in everyone.
Robert H. Frank, author of "The Economic Naturalist"


This concise book makes meaningful linkages between social science work and basic areas of the law in ways that will engage and resonate with general readers. Cultivating Conscience offers much food for reflection.
Robert C. Clark, Harvard Law School

Jared Diamond

Lynn Stout's rich and thought-provoking book explores the full spectrum of human behavior, from selfishness to self-sacrifice. Her insights will fascinate anyone interested in the law, economics, psychology, and everyday human existence.
Jared Diamond, author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and "Collapse"

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