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The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune With Nature and Community

Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei
Format
Book
Published
Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2015]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781626562066, 1626562067
Summary
"At the root of many of the environmental, economic, and social crises we face today is a legal system based on an outdated worldview. In this groundbreaking book, bestselling author, physicist, and systems theorist Fritjof Capra and distinguished legal scholar Ugo Mattei show how, by incorporating concepts from modern science, the law can become an integral part of bringing about a better world. This is the first book to trace the fascinating parallel history of law and science from antiquity to modern times, showing how the two disciplines have always influenced each other - until recently. In the past few years, the scientific paradigm has shifted dramatically, from seeing the natural world as a kind of cosmic machine to understanding it as a network of fluidly interacting communities. But law is stuck in a mechanistic, seventeenth-century view that the world is made up of discrete individual parts. This has led to legal theory focusing on these parts and ignoring the bigger picture - for example, elevating the rights of individual property owners over the good of the community. But Capra and Mattei outline the basic concepts and structures of a legal order consistent with the ecological principles that sustain life on this planet. This is a profound and visionary reconceptualization of the very foundations of the Western legal system, with profound implications for the future of our planet."--Publisher's website.
Contents
  • Introduction: Laws of nature and the nature of law
  • Science and law
  • From kósmos to machine : the evolution of early Western scientific thought
  • From commons to capital : the evolution of Western legal thought
  • Great transformation and the legacy of modernity
  • From the machine to the network : scientific thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Mechanical jurisprudence
  • Mechanistic trap
  • From capital to commons : the ecological transformation in law
  • Commons as a legal institution
  • Ecolegal revolution.
Description
xix, 216 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-203) and index.
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