Thursday, 4 December 2008 - 12:00am


Natural or Naturalizing? – The Law’s Ways with Truth and Justice

5.30 pm, Thursday 4 December 2008

Mordan Hall, St Hugh's College, Oxford

FLJS Annual Lecture

Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

Professor Jasanoff at the lectern
What does the law know and how does it know it? In the past twenty or so years, this question has been posed most often in connection with scientific evidence and expert testimony.

Professor Jasanoff argued that the law today is a powerful force for naturalizing, that is, for rendering natural the legal dispensations that we wish to live by.

How does the law know what should be done; what in effect is just? And how does the law’s knowledge of the right facts relate to its understanding of the right norms?

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(54 minutes)