Psychology and Law: Can Justice Survive the Social Sciences?

American Spectator (June 1981).


The author of this book belongs to no familiar school and the book itself is not readily categorized. He is a psychologist, even a professor of psychology, but the book could not have been written by someone who is only a psychologist. Its perspective is that of legal philosophy, sometimes called jurisprudence, but, again, not the sort of legal philosophy taught in the law schools or characteristic of the work of our jurists. Daniel Robinson is both old-fashioned and thoroughly modern: old-fashioned insofar as he unabashedly discourses on the relation between law and morality, and modern insofar as he knows modern psychology and its works. This combination of talents proves to be formidable; it enables him to understand and to persuade us of the perils involved in allowing the law to be invaded by what he calls “the psychosocial point of view.”

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