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Law and Philosophy | Law and Psychology


This short comment on Nomi Stolzenberg's symposium paper, Liberalism in Love (28 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 593 (2010)), addresses the enduring conflict between rationalism and romanticism as it manifests itself in law. In psychology, the cognitive/behavioral revolution has brought about a dramatic decline in the prominence of psychoanalytic research and therapy. But I argue that this conquest should be seen more in terms of an ambivalence. In law, rationalist ideas about the self and individual decision making necessarily coexist with more romantic ideas about identity and selfhood. Nomi Stolzenberg's essay moves us to think about law in integrated terms: not defined by an opposition between reason and passion, but by their mutual interdependence.