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Stout, Lynn A., 1957-
Cultivating conscience : how good laws make good people / Lynn Stout
Alternate Title How good laws make good people
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BJ1471 .S725 2011    AVAILABLE
Gift from Oldrich and Gwendolyn Bitner, 2011
Subject(s) Conscience
Law and ethics
Law -- Moral and ethical aspects
Physical Description viii, 310 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
NOTE Gift from Oldrich and Gwendolyn Bitner, 2011
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-298) and index
Contents Franco's choice -- Holmes' folly -- Blind to goodness : why we don't see conscience -- Games people play : unselfish prosocial behavior in experimental gaming -- The Jekyll/Hyde syndrome : a three-factor social model of unselfish prosocial behavior -- Origins -- My brother's keeper : the role of unselfishness in tort law -- Picking prosocial partners : the story of relational contract -- Crime, punishment, and community -- Conclusion : Chariots of the sun
Summary Contemporary law and public policy often treat human beings as selfish creatures who respond only to punishments and rewards. Yet every day we behave unselfishly--few of us mug the elderly or steal the paper from our neighbor's yard, and many of us go out of our way to help strangers. Here, law and economics scholar Lynn Stout argues that, rather than lean on the power of greed to shape laws and human behavior, we should rely on the force of conscience. Stout makes the compelling case that conscience is neither rare nor quirky, but a vital force woven into our daily lives. Drawing from social psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology, Stout illustrates how our legal system can use social cues to craft better laws that encourage more unselfish, ethical behavior. She also shows how our current emphasis on self-interest and incentives may have contributed to the catastrophic political missteps and financial scandals of recent memory.--From publisher description
Alternate Author Library donation, 2011

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