Jurismania: The Madness of American Law (Studies of the German Historical Institute, London)

3.22 avg rating
( 18 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195130836: Jurismania: The Madness of American Law (Studies of the German Historical Institute, London)

In Jurismania, Paul Campos asserts that our legal system is beginning to exhibit symptoms of serious mental illness. Trials and appeals that stretch out for years and cost millions, 100 page appellate court opinions, 1,000 page statutes before which even lawyers tremble with fear, and a public that grows more litigious every day all testify to a judicial overkill that borders on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Campos locates the source of such madness, paradoxically, in our worship of reason and the resulting belief that all problems are amenable to legal solutions. In insightful discussions of a wide range of cases, from NCAA regulations of student-athletes to the Simpson trial, from our most intractable social disputes over abortion and physician-assisted suicide to the war on drugs and the increasingly fastidious attempts to regulate behavior in public spaces, Campos shows that the mania for more law exacerbates the very problems it seeks to remedy. In his final chapter, the author calls instead for a humbling recognition of the limits of reason and a much more modest role for our legal system.
Clearly written and laced with a delicious wit, Jurismania gives us a CAT-scan of the American legal mind at work. It reveals not only that the patient is even worse off than we imagined, but also clarifies the many reasons why.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." --Henry IV, Part I

Or, suggests Paul F. Campos, at the very least, let's put them out of their misery. In Jurismania, Campos does his best to demonstrate that the behavior of the legal mind, with its insistence on the "rule of law," is a "culturally sanctioned form of obsessive-compulsive behavior." In his more charitable moments, he is willing to concede that it may be suffering not from delusion, but from religious fervor. About the nicest thing he has to say about the American legal system is that it is a tremendous waste of financial resources.

The problem, as Campos sees it, is an irrational belief in the power of rationality to solve all our problems, which leads to the elevation of "social coordination and dispute processing," which is what Campos identifies as the purpose of "law," to sacrosanct procedures that are inadequate to the tasks they are being asked to perform. Nor is this state of mind limited to lawyers and legal academics; consider, suggests Campos, that many voters believe in the balanced budget amendment, "which boils down to the belief that the best way to ensure legislators pass legislation that balances the federal budget is to pass legislation requiring legislators to pass legislation that balances the federal budget." There are some situations, the author argues, for which "more law" is not the answer. Readers may find Campos's style--which references Nietzschean ethics, college football, materialist rationalism, and Ann Landers as part of the same overall argument--off-putting, but Jurismania is like a voice crying in the wilderness, describing a crisis our increasingly litigious society continues to ignore at its peril.

About the Author:


Paul Campos is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado and Director of the Byron R. White Center for American Constitutional Study.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Campos, Paul F.
Published by Oxford University Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
R&R Books
(Reno, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New, not a remainder. Bookseller Inventory # 1609090228

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 1.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.45
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Campos, Paul F.
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookZone Illinois
(Aurora, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Book Condition: New. Trade paperback. Pristine, Unread, Gift Quality. "American History and Political Philosophy 20140927" Stored in sealed plastic protection. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. No previous owner's markings. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1999. Trade paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 361526

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Paul F. Campos
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. In this book, Paul Campos argues that the American worship of law and legality can at times become so pathological that it comes to resemble a type of legal madness, or Jurismania. Campos offers an intensely critical look at the role of law and legal reason in American society, and concludes that much of what is called the rule of law resembles a culturally sanctioned form of obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780195130836

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Campos, Paul F.
Published by Oxford University Press 1999-07 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Quantity Available: 5
Print on Demand
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press 1999-07, 1999. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-LSI-06892659

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Paul F. Campos
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.In this book, Paul Campos argues that the American worship of law and legality can at times become so pathological that it comes to resemble a type of legal madness, or Jurismania. Campos offers an intensely critical look at the role of law and legal reason in American society, and concludes that much of what is called the rule of law resembles a culturally sanctioned form of obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780195130836

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Paul F. Campos
Published by Oxford University Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0195130839

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Campos, Paul F.
Published by Oxford University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780195130836_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.12
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Campos, Paul F.
Published by OUP USA (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 1999. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # LQ-9780195130836

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.88
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Campos, Paul F.
Published by OUP USA (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 1999. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780195130836

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 38.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Paul F. Campos
Published by Oxford Univ Pr on Demand (1999)
ISBN 10: 0195130839 ISBN 13: 9780195130836
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 208 pages. 8.50x5.75x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0195130839

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 38.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book