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The Promise of Neuroscience for Law: 'Overclaiming' in Jurisprudence, Morality, and Economics

Pardo, Michael S. and Patterson, Dennis (2016) The Promise of Neuroscience for Law: 'Overclaiming' in Jurisprudence, Morality, and Economics In: Philosophical Foundations of Law and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198743095

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Claims for the relevance and importance of neuroscience for law are stronger than ever. Notwithstanding persuasive arguments that illustrate a wide degree of 'over­claiming' in the literature, new claims alleging the importance of neuroscience for law are common.1 This chapter discusses three examples of overclaiming how devel­opments in neuroscience can contribute to issues in legal theory. The first example fo­cuses on general jurisprudential theories about the nature of law and legal reasoning. We evaluate arguments concerning how neuroscientific evidence will contribute im­portant insights for jurisprudential debates. The second and third examples concern moral and economic decision making, respectively. We evaluate several arguments about how neuroscientific evidence will illuminate decision making in these domains and how these insights ought to be applied to issues in law and public policy.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
Pardo, Michael S.
Editors :
Pardo, Michael S.
Date : 14 July 2016
Depositing User : Karen Garland
Date Deposited : 27 Nov 2017 15:23
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:05

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