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Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (The Seeley Lectures) Paperback – April 25, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0521615129 ISBN-10: 0521615127

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Product Details

  • Series: The Seeley Lectures (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521615127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521615129
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"highly intelligent and stimulating." - Times Literary Supplement

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This is a book about the complex relationship between fear, danger, and the law. Cass Sunstein looks afresh at the precautionary principle, and argues that in its strongest forms the precautionary principle is both incoherent and potentially paralysing, as risks exist on all sides of social situations, and that there is no 'general' precautionary principle as such. This is a very important insight for the contemporary world, and The Laws of Fear represents a major statement from one the most influential political and legal theorists writing today.

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3 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard Scott on September 1, 2007
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Not a lawyer found the writing somewhat turgid and slow; on the other hand our decision making and valuation of life and risk is certainly not epistimic. Read just before the Black Swan which discusses risk from a different angle. For those involoved in lives with risks this is interesting reading
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