Re: [asa] Law, Mind, Free Will

From: Lynn Walker <>
Date: Tue Oct 28 2008 - 07:51:17 EDT

David, please see my question below.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: "David Opderbeck" <>
> Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 15:39:17 -0400
> Subject: [asa] Law, Mind, Free Will
> We had a fascinating talk at the law school today by a lawyer who is a
> behavioural psychologist. <snip>
> David W. Opderbeck - Associate Professor of Law Seton Hall University Law
> School Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
David, in response to your comments above, Louise Margaret Freeman wrote

> <snip>
> Experiments in moral judgment are a very hot topic in research right now
> and its quite clear that the capacity to discern another person's
> intentions plays a huge role in the development of moral reasoning.
> <snip>

As a Professor of Law, what are you able to discern about the intentions
(given the opportunity) of someone who made this statement?:

".. as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it
wasn't that radical. *It didn't break free from the essential constraints
that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution -* at least as
it's been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that
generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: *[It] says
what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do
to you*, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state
government must do on your behalf. .."



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