“Rules restrain but also enable. Law elevates this capacity onto a higher plane but succumbs to its dark side when shaped by vested interests extending cleverly their tyranny upon humanity and nature. Things do not have to be this way. As this book vividly explains law can be turned into an instrument for defending the planet and its inhabitants from the encroachments of financialized commodification.”
Yanis Varoufakis, former Minister of Finance of Greece
This is the first book to trace the fascinating parallel history of law and science from antiquity to modern times, showing how the two disciplines have always influenced each other—until recently. In the past few decades, science has shifted from seeing the natural world as a kind of cosmic machine best understood by analyzing each cog and sprocket to a systems perspective that views the world as a vast network of fluid communities and studies their dynamic interactions. The concept of ecology exemplifies this approach. But law is stuck in the old mechanistic paradigm: the world is simply a collection of discrete parts, and ownership of these parts is an individual right, protected by the state. Capra and Mattei show that this has led to overconsumption, pollution, and a general disregard on the part of the powerful for the common good.
Capra and Mattei outline the basic concepts and structures of a legal order consistent with the ecological principles that sustain life on this planet. This is a profound and visionary reconceptualization of the very foundations of the Western legal system, a kind of Copernican revolution in the law, with profound implications for the future of our planet.
- Fritjof Capra Ph.D. physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the United Kingdom, and in the council of Earth Charter International. Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002), The Science of Leonardo (2007), The systems view of Life (2014).For Aboca Edizioni he also wrote La botanica di Leonardo - Un discorso sulla scienza delle qualità (2008), Crescita qualitativa - Per un'economia ecologicamente sostenibile e socialmente equa (2013 - Ristampa 2016), Vita e natura - Una visione sistemica (2014) e Agricoltura e cambiamento climatico (2016)
- Ugo Mattei is Distinguished Professor of Law, and Alfred and Hanna Fromm Chair in International and Comparative Law at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California. He also teaches Political Economy of Law at Turin University. He has published several books and more than one hundred other publications, translated in various languages.