Judgment: What Law Judges can Learn From Sports Officiating and Art Criticism

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Judgment: What Law Judges can Learn From Sports Officiating and Art Criticism

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In Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton tells us that judges have “merely” judgment but does not explain what judgment means. This book provides that explanation. It compares judgment across a range of activities—consumer choices, religion, sports officiating, art and food criticism, and law—with the goal of better understanding legal judgment. After exploring these various modes of comparison, the book concludes that law judging is fundamentally discretionary and uncertain. It then falls to the legal profession to explain to the public, without undermining respect for law, why this is so. In this way, not unlike our perception of the uncertainties that confront sports officials or that pervade scientific research, the public will come to appreciate the struggles that law judges encounter when making judgments.

ISBN

9781531002145 (pb.), 9781531002947 (ebook)

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Carolina Academic Press

Keywords

Judges--United States, Judicial process--United States, Judicial discretion, Objectivity, Law--Philosophy, Judgment (Ethics)

Disciplines

Judges | Jurisprudence | Law

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Full bibliographic details available here.

Copies available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, KF 8775 .P668 2017

Judgment: What Law Judges can Learn From Sports Officiating and Art Criticism

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