This illuminating Research Handbook analyses the role that emotions play and ought to play in legal reasoning and practice, rejecting the simplistic distinction between reason and emotion.
‘It’s high time that we appreciate the importance for law of emotions, like anger, disgust or empathy. Should law embrace emotion as inevitable, or discourage it for warping judgments and hampering fairness? The editors have gathered an impressive interdisciplinary range of perspectives on this flourishing field. Their superb collection of contributors reveal the importance of emotion not only in criminal law, but in bankruptcy, evidence, international law and other arenas. The power of emotion matters not only for juries, but for judges, legal educators and legislators. The Research Handbook of Law and Emotion is an innovative and thoughtful contribution that brings order to a complex unruly field.’
– Elizabeth F. Loftus, University of California, Irvine, US
‘Emotion matters to law in so many ways: it is vital to recognizing the harm and suffering that law attempts to remedy; to identifying and balancing the values, vulnerabilities, and interests involved in justifying those remedies; and to learning the art and craft of legal reasoning. Understanding these issues requires drawing on many disciplines: psychology, philosophy, pedagogy, history, and the arts. This wonderful new collection does all this and more. It is essential reading for any legal scholar.’
– Maksymilian Del Mar, Queen Mary University of London, UK