Law and Irresponsibility by Scott Veitch
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Law and Irresponsibility
By Scott Veitch

Law and Irresponsibility

On the Legitimation of Human Suffering

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Law and Irresponsibility by Scott Veitch

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Law is widely assumed to provide contemporary society with its most important means of organizing responsibility. Across a broad range of areas of social life - from the activities of states and citizens, to work, business and private relationships - it is understood that legal regulation plays a crucial role in defining and limiting responsibilities. But Law and Irresponsibility pursues the opposite view: it explores how law organizes irresponsibility. With a particular focus on large-scale harms - including extensive human rights violations, forms of colonialism, and environmental or nuclear devastation - this book analyzes the ways in which law legitimates human suffering by demonstrating how legal institutions operate as much to deflect responsibility for harms suffered as to acknowledge them. Drawing on a series of case studies, it shows not only how law facilitates the dispersal and disavowal of responsibility, but how it does so in consistent and patterned ways. Irresponsibility is organized, and its organization is traced here to the legal forms, and the social and political conditions, that sustain 'our' complicity in human suffering. This innovative and interdisciplinary book provides a radical challenge to conventional thinking about law and legal institutions. It will be of considerable interest to those working in law, political and legal theory, sociology and moral philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415442503
ISBN-10: 0415442508
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Routledge Cavendish
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Scott Veitch

Law and Irresponsibility by Scott Veitch Law and Irresponsibility, Paperback (November 2007)

Exploring how law organises irresponsibility, this book analyses the ways in which law legitimates human suffering by demonstrating how legal institutions operate as much to deflect responsibility for harms suffered as to acknowledge them. It shows how law facilitates the dispersal and disavowal of responsibility.

State of Scots Law by Scott Veitch State of Scots Law, Paperback (June 2001)

Constitutional and political changes have produced a fundamental challenge to the ideas and institutions of Scots law. Written by leading academics from Scotland's universities, this work provides all those interested in Scots law with a point of reference in this debate.

Lethe's Law by Scott Veitch Lethe's Law, Hardback (May 2001)

This book offers a series of original essays by of scholars whose work looks comparatively at law's attempts to deal with the past.

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