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Law’s Evolution and Human Understanding
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Law’s Evolution and Human Understanding

Laurence Claus


When should we follow the law? How can we know what law's words mean? What is law? This book presents fresh and surprising answers to these questions. In an account alive with the stories of our shared human history, the book explains why we should discard the old idea that legal rules tell us what to do, and instead see law as a system of sayings that evolves among humans to help us better understand each other. When driving on public roads, when buying and selling, and in countless other aspects of our work and play, we depend on law to let us know what other people are likely to do and to e ... More

Keywords: law, government, community, expression of custom, evolutionary, authority, systematized prediction, understanding each other

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735099
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Claus, author
University of San Diego