Is There a Law Instinct?
Michael D. Guttentag
Loyola Marymount University
Washington University Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 2, 2009
The widely-held view is that legal systems develop in response to purposeful efforts to achieve economic, political, or social objectives. The alternative view considered in this Article is that reliance on legal systems to organize social activity is an integral part of human nature, just as language and morality now appear to be directly shaped by innate predispositions. This Article formalizes and presents evidence in support of the claim that humans instinctively turn to legal systems to organize social behavior.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 60
Keywords: Jurisprudence, Evolutionary Science, Law
Date posted: February 20, 2009 ; Last revised: July 24, 2010