Wisdom versus 'Reason' in Law
29 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 25, 2015
This paper, written for a conference at Pepperdine on “Wisdom, Law, and Lawyers,” begins by considering the meaning of wisdom as well as some possible tensions between wisdom and “reason.” The paper then argues that the kind of reason celebrated in the classical common law tradition can be interpreted as an (imperfect) embodiment of the insights associated with wisdom, but that modern legal thought tends to aggravate the tensions between wisdom and reason, and thus to reduce law to foolishness. The tendency is evident in the recent rush of decisions invalidating traditional marriage laws.
Keywords: jurisprudence, reason, common law, constitutional law, same sex
JEL Classification: K10
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