Larry Catá Backer
|Occupation||Director: Coalition for Peace & Ethics; also Professor of Law|
|Location||State College, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Introduction||I hope you enjoy these essays. Each treats aspects of the relationship between law, broadly understood, and human organization. My essays are about government and governance, based on the following assumptions: Humans organize themselves in all sorts of ways. We bind ourselves to organization by all sorts of instruments. Law has been deployed to elaborate differences between economic organizations (principally corporations, partnerships and other entities), political organization (the state, supra-national, international, and non-governmental organizations), religious, ethnic and family organization. I am not convinced that these separations, now sometimes blindly embraced, are particularly useful. This skepticism serves as the foundation of the essays here. My thanks to Arianna Backer for research assistance.|
|Interests||organizations, opera, Latin American telenovelas, Western classical cultures|
|Favorite Books||Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities|
You've just inherited a manufacturing plant that specializes in plastics. What are you going to make?