The fascinating case made by Yuval Feldman’s recent book is that most wrongdoing is done by good people who, too frequently, allow themselves to do wrong. We are egocentric; our brain works hard to promote self-interest whilst protecting the self-image that we are morally upright. And it does so quietly (my word, not Feldman’s); much of the decision-making is done subconsciously, intuitively – albeit sometimes, importantly, with glimmers of recognition.
Professor of Law and Head of School, University of Exeter Law School. FAcSS. Honorary Prof, UCL Laws. Particularly interested legal ethics, the professions, access to justice, the future of practice, social mobility, and legal education.
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