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Book Title: Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits|
The author of the book: Kent Greenfield
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 957 KB
Edition: Yale University Press
Date of issue: May 10th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781283319720
Read full description of the books Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits:Americans are fixated on the idea of choice. Our political theory is based on the consent of the governed. Our legal system is built upon the argument that people freely make choices and bear responsibility for them. And what slogan could better express the heart of our consumer culture than "Have it your way"?
In this provocative book, Kent Greenfield poses unsettling questions about the choices we make. What if they are more constrained and limited than we like to think? If we have less free will than we realize, what are the implications for us as individuals and for our society? To uncover the answers, Greenfield taps into scholarship on topics ranging from brain science to economics, political theory to sociology. His discoveries-told through an entertaining array of news events, personal anecdotes, crime stories, and legal decisions-confirm that many factors, conscious and unconscious, limit our free will. Worse, by failing to perceive them we leave ourselves open to manipulation. But Greenfield offers useful suggestions to help us become better decision makers as individuals, and to ensure that in our laws and public policy we acknowledge the complexity of choice.
Read information about the authorKent Greenfield is Professor of Law and Law Fund Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches and writes in the areas of business law, constitutional law, decision making theory, legal theory, and economic analysis of law. He is the former Chair of the Section on Business Associations of the American Association of Law Schools, and a former clerk to Justice David Souter on the United States Supreme Court.
Greenfield is the author of THE MYTH OF CHOICE: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A WORLD OF LIMITS (forthcoming, Yale 2011). He is also the author of the book THE FAILURE OF CORPORATE LAW, published by University of Chicago Press, which has been called “simply the best and most well-reasoned progressive critique of corporate law yet written.” The Law and Politics Book Review said that “it merits a place alongside Berle and Means, [and] Easterbrook and Fischel.” He writes frequently for the Huffington Post.
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