Legal Theory and the Anthropocene Challenge: The Implications of Law, Science, and Policy for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Climate Change

Journal of Law and Social Challenges, Vol. 12, p. 150, 2011

70 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2010

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Winston P. Nagan

Levin College of Law (University of Florida)

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The idea of legal theory as a self-conscious theory for inquiry about law has opened up the framework of observation and participation. It has heightened social responsibility in ways that have been creative and receptive to analogies and metaphors from the developments in modern science. This paper explores some of these dominant borrowed metaphors. It further emphasizes the importance of the wide range of concerns in law technically, as well as the law’s capacity to manage and manipulate space and time implicating such issues as weapons of mass destruction, rights of indigenous people, deforestation, and climate change. By giving the "Anthropocene" perspective a self-conscious focus on decision-making, this article explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in legal culture for addressing contemporary global crises.

Keywords: Anthropocene, responsibility, global crises

Suggested Citation

Nagan, Winston Percival, Legal Theory and the Anthropocene Challenge: The Implications of Law, Science, and Policy for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Climate Change (2010). Journal of Law and Social Challenges, Vol. 12, p. 150, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1722792

Winston Percival Nagan (Contact Author)

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Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
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