Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2010

OCLC FAST subject heading

Environment law


The idea of legal theory as a self-conscious theory for inquiry about law has opened up the framework of observation and participation. It has heightened social responsibility in ways that have been creative and receptive to analogies and metaphors from the developments in modern science. This paper explores some of these dominant borrowed metaphors. It further emphasizes the importance of the wide range of concerns in law technically, as well as the law’s capacity to manage and manipulate space and time implicating such issues as weapons of mass destruction, rights of indigenous people, deforestation, and climate change. By giving the "Anthropocene" perspective a self-conscious focus on decision-making, this article explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in legal culture for addressing contemporary global crises.