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The Ecology of Law by Ugo Mattei, Fritjof Capra

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CHAPTER 6Mechanical Jurisprudence

Once more, legal developments following the triumph of Cartesian legal rationalism show remarkable parallels with developments in the natural sciences. Evolutionary thought and Romanticism had discredited the mechanistic vision of natural law as an immutable universal system of rational rules rooted in human reason. Nevertheless, the evolutionary and Romantic critique was unsuccessful in displacing the mechanistic vision of law from its mainstream status and disrupting its influence over the current vision and practice of Western professionalized law.

The resilience of the mechanistic approach in human laws is due to its invaluable service to the needs of nineteenth-century capitalism. The reduction of the legal ...

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