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Why Lawyers Derail Justice: Probing the Roots of Legal Injustices
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Publication date March 1, 1999
Pages 236
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780271018423
ISBN-10 0271018429
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $61.95
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A critique of our present legal system that shows how a preoccupation with procedural purity by lawyers and judges results in producing much real injustice.

"John Anderson has written a moving, powerful book, affected at all points by a sense of justice, and by the language that is used by ordinary men and women as they argue over the things that are right and wrong. It is a book that will be understood at once by citizens—and it may even be grasped by lawyers."—Hadley Arkes, Amherst College

The "rule of law" has become a shibboleth of American democracy, but the emphasis on procedural and abstract rather than substantive justice that is embedded both in the workings of our judicial system and in the writings of our leading philosophers of law, John Anderson argues, had led to much real injustice. This book draws inspiration from AristotleÂ’s notion of "natural justice" found in communities based on ties of friendship to point the way toward a more humane practice of law.

Starting with concrete examples of injustice produced in our legal system, the author examines the distorting effects of legal argumentation and strategy on affirmative action, overzealous prosecutions, abusive enforcement of the tax code, sexual harassment litigation, and many other issues troubling our society. The jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin, with his notion of a "community of principle," is identified as best articulating the justification for our current system and is subjected to a thorough critique from an Aristotelian perspective. KantÂ’s "kingdom of ends" is located at the root of rights-based notions of justice and is also argued to be inadequate because it lacks the flexibility allowed by the classical understanding of epieikeia (equity).

What issues from this investigation of the faults of our present legal regime is a set of proposals for reform that include abolition of the legal profession and term limits for judges as well as politicians.

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Hardcover
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from Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (March 1, 1999)
9780271018423 | details & prices | 236 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $61.95
About: A critique of our present legal system that shows how a preoccupation with procedural purity by lawyers and judges results in producing much real injustice.
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Paperback
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from Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (June 11, 2004)
9780271025148 | details & prices | 252 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $35.95
About: The "rule of law" has become a shibboleth of American democracy, but the emphasis on procedural and abstract rather than substantive justice that is embedded both in the workings of our judicial system and in the writings of our leading philosophers of law, John Anderson argues, has led to much real injustice.
from Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (December 1, 1998)
9780271018430 | details & prices | 236 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $26.95
About: A critique of our present legal system that shows how a preoccupation with procedural purity by lawyers and judges results in producing much real injustice.

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