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The Complexity of Legal and Ethical Experience


reviewed by Burton Zwiebach 1961

coverTitle: The Complexity of Legal and Ethical Experience
Author(s): F. S. C. Northrop
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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If there is any generalization possible about law and society, it must be that they seem to have lost track of each other. In the currently acceptable cliche, no dialogue exists between them; it has been cut off by a tendency which Walter Kaufmann has appropriately christened "empiricide" (1). Empiricide is empiricism deprived of the sense of complexity. It is oversimplification masking as science and provincialism pretending to specialization. It sees experience as available in convenient categories which can be perceived and utilized in a semi-scientific philosophy. Love, for instance, becomes "an emotion" instead of an idea abstracted from a whole tide of confusing and conflicting emotions and thoughts. Such a method makes categorizing and analysis easier, but it produces a superficial clarity and a relative inability to come to grips with aspects of experience that nonempiricides have dealt with for ages. Experience, especially social experiences, does not come to us... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 8, 1961, p. 651-651
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3317, Date Accessed: 10/21/2018 12:02:48 AM

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