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The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions

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The Case of the Speluncean Explorers, written in 1949 by Lon Fuller, is the first famous fictitious legal case of all time. Describing a case of trapped travellers who are forcd to cannibalize one of their team, it is used on courses in philosophy of law and Jurisprudence to show how their trial upon rescue touches on key concepts in philosophy and legal theory such as uti ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 5th 1998 by Routledge
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Jan 10, 2016 Ji rated it it was amazing
Finally finished reading this book I marked since years ago after watching the famous Harvard open course - Justice: what is the right thing to do? It's a great read to a law layman like me, as intellectually interesting as Gödel's incompleteness theorem in the philosophy of law. Thinking around the case can go directly to questioning why law existed, how it works hand in hand (or not) with morality issues, and different ways law can be interpreted, exercised, etc.

The original case (similar to C
Oct 17, 2015 Richard marked it as to-read-2nd
(An exploration in how law and philosophy interact in extremely difficult circumstances: survival cannibalism. Not purely abstract: see R v Dudley and Stephens. Now what I want is a book dealing with The Trolley Problem in depth.)
Vampire Who Baked
From the perspective of a lay person almost completely unfamiliar with the tangled mess that is jurisprudence, this is a nice introduction to the philosophy of law (arguably pop-science-y, but apparently it's taught to law students, so it does seem to have sufficient credibility).

The original five opinions are pretty obsolete and unidimensional (except for Tatting) but the nine exceptionally detailed updated opinions run the entire gamut of arguments that one can come up with, and then some. In
Kaylee England
Feb 19, 2014 Kaylee England rated it liked it
Ugh nothing like reading about the opinions of some dry Justices, but the concept behind the entire novel was very interesting. I found a few opinions that I agreed with completely and found myself angered when the explorers were not let off in both scenarios. This was a book that raised some very interesting moral discussions in my Law and Literature class and was very happy to have been introduced to it.
Sep 16, 2016 Luke rated it liked it
As expected, not as good as the first five. But a good addition nevertheless worth reading. Agreed with Justice Bond generally speaking, despite the fact he rescued himself and therefore had no effect.
Zhang Qingning
Dec 31, 2014 Zhang Qingning rated it it was amazing
In this, you will be convinced by judge A for his impeccable reasoning and turn the page, only to find yourself convinced by judge B that judge A was talking bullshit.
Aug 29, 2015 Monavalley rated it really liked it
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一个虚拟复杂的杀人案件引出14篇有理有据的法官意见书,第二个作者貂续,跨越百年。启发如下1. 多思维多角度辩证看待事物 2 道德和法律对人的意义是什么? 3 要证明观点,可以学习此书多样的逻辑和论证方式。

Dec 12, 2013 Barry rated it really liked it
A book to mature our appraoch to opinion formation- any opinion. The first time you encounter a point of view , each opinion is pursasive- how to choose? How to approach with an open mind and sort things out. These are good.
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