Keep Law Alive

James Boyd White
eISBN-13: 9781531015084

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How should we respond to the fact that law and democracy are under real threat in our world? In Keep Law Alive, James Boyd White warns us that if we are to keep law alive we must understand what law is, and how it works at its bestwhile at the same time recognizing that it may indeed be lost.

The following quote, taken from the Foreword, describes the author's approach: "My idea in this book is to express my sense of what law is like at its besthow it works, what it offers us, and what it requires of us, both as lawyers and as citizens, and what it would mean to lose it. I want to do this at this time in history because, as I say immediately below, I think the law as we know it is subject to serious threats today, threats I elaborate both explicitly and implicitly in the body of the book. The book begins with an immersion in legal thinking of a kind I believe to be of a high and traditional order, and ends with the recognition of another sort of thinking and being which I think may help us live with and respond to the threats I mention. In it I speak from a worldthe world of law and democratic government in which I grew up and was educated and led most of my working lifethat is now in peril in our country. This world was built upon the imperfect but real assumption that our polity is a constitutional democracy, based upon a fundamentally reliable electoral process, and that, with all its defectssome of them serious indeedlaw is an institution that should be treated with utmost respect as an essential and valuable part of our public world."

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ISBNs 9781531015077, 1531015077, 9781531015084, 1531015085
Publish Year 2019
Language English
Number of Pages 184