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The Promise of Neuroscience for Law: 'Overclaiming' in Jurisprudence, Morality, and Economics

Patterson, Dennis, and Michael S. Pardo (eds.). Philosophical Foundations of Law and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2016, 231-248

18 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2017  

Michael S. Pardo

University of Alabama School of Law

Dennis Patterson

European University Institute; Rutgers University School of Law, Camden; Swansea University School of Law; European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW)

Date Written: July 16, 2016

Abstract

Claims for the relevance and importance of neuroscience for law are stronger than ever. Notwithstanding persuasive arguments that illustrate a wide degree of 'over­claiming' in the literature, new claims alleging the importance of neuroscience for law are common.1 This chapter discusses three examples of overclaiming how devel­opments in neuroscience can contribute to issues in legal theory. The first example fo­cuses on general jurisprudential theories about the nature of law and legal reasoning. We evaluate arguments concerning how neuroscientific evidence will contribute im­portant insights for jurisprudential debates. The second and third examples concern moral and economic decision making, respectively. We evaluate several arguments about how neuroscientific evidence will illuminate decision making in these domains and how these insights ought to be applied to issues in law and public policy.

Keywords: Law, Neuroscience, Jurisprudence, morality, economics

Suggested Citation

Pardo, Michael S. and Patterson, Dennis, The Promise of Neuroscience for Law: 'Overclaiming' in Jurisprudence, Morality, and Economics (July 16, 2016). Patterson, Dennis, and Michael S. Pardo (eds.). Philosophical Foundations of Law and Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2016, 231-248. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2893567

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