The Mystery of the Individual in Modern Law
University of Michigan Law School
Villanova Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2007
U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 108
What did the twentieth century threaten in the deepest way? What were those who were eventually defeated at such staggering cost fighting from the start? The individual, the sacredness and value of the individual, and spirit itself, seen in us in being seen as an individual, and seen beyond us. The home in the secular world for both these, the individual and spirit, is the legal mind and the legal form of thought. The individual in modern law is a mystery because its presence runs counter to the thrust of what are called modern efforts to understand the world. But it will be the legal mind - rooted in and the possession of people in circles out and out from those professionally involved with it - that can protect humanity and the rest of the sentient world from reliving the twentieth century in the twenty-first.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Nuremberg Trials, human experimentation, bioethics, animal law, individuality, final theories, torture, slavery, animal experimentation, utilitarianism, cost-benefit analysis, law and religion, human rights
JEL Classification: K30Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 16, 2008 ; Last revised: October 8, 2008
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