The ecology of law : toward a legal system in tune with nature and community /
Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei.
First edition.
Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2015]
xix, 216 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
1626562067, 1626562067 (hardcover), 9781626562066, 9781626562066 (hardcover)
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Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2015]
1626562067 (hardcover)
9781626562066 (hardcover)
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Introduction: The 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 -- The great transformation and the legacy of modernity -- From the machine to the network : scientific thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries -- Mechanical jurisprudence -- The mechanistic trap -- From capital to commons : the ecological transformation in law -- The commons as a legal institution -- The ecolegal revolution.
Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei show how, by incorporating concepts from modern science, the law can become an integral part of bringing about a better world. The book traces the 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-203) and index.

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