There are two kinds of knowledge law school teaches: legal rules on
the one hand and tools for thinking about legal problems on the
other. Although the tools are far more interesting and useful than
the rules, they tend to be neglected in favor of other aspects of
the curriculum. In "The Legal Analyst," Ward Farnsworth brings
together in one place all of the most powerful of those tools for
thinking about law. From classic ideas in game theory such as the
"Prisoner's Dilemma" and the "Stag Hunt" to psychological
principles such as hindsight bias and framing effects, from ideas
in jurisprudence such as the slippery slope to more than two dozen
other such principles, Farnsworth's guide leads readers through the
fascinating world of legal thought. Each chapter introduces a
single tool and shows how it can be used to solve different types
of problems. The explanations are written in clear, lively language
and illustrated with a wide range of examples. "The Legal Analyst"
is an indispensable user's manual for law students, experienced
practitioners seeking a one-stop guide to legal principles, or
anyone else with an interest in the law.
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