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The Ecology of Law

Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Berrett-Koehler
 | 
September, 2015
ISBN:
9781626562066
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Publisher’s Description: 

Bestselling author Fritjof Capra partners with distinguished legal scholar Ugo Mattei to reveal that our legal system must catch up with the current scientific under-standing of the world if it is to contribute to solving the great crises of our times. At the root of many of the environmental, economic, and social crises we face today is a legal system based on an outdated and ultimately destructive worldview.

In this groundbreaking book, bestselling author, physicist, and systems theorist Fritjof Capra and distinguished legal scholar Ugo Mattei show how, by incorporating concepts from modern science, the law can be updated to reflect a more accurate view of how the world works and become a progressive force. Capra and Mattei trace the fascinating parallel history of law and science to show how the two disciplines have always influenced each other—until recently. Science now sees the world as being made up of interconnected networks. But law is stuck in a mechanistic, 17th century paradigm that views the world as discrete individual parts. This has led to a disregard for the health of the whole—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. This is a profound and visionary reconceptualization of the very foundations of the Western legal system, with profound implications for the future of our planet.

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