40 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 709 (1971-1972)
Metalaw-- Prolegomena to Quantification of Jus Naturale

handle is hein.journals/gwlr40 and id is 721 raw text is: Metalaw--Prolegomena to Quantification
of Jus Naturale
I can but envy the felicity of the generation to whom it is made
so easy to see their subject as a whole. .... I
Study of Metalaw-Promising Frontier or Ignominious
Surrender To Morality?
The era of man in space has brought into sharp focus the impera-
tive need to develop juridical concepts based upon an accurately ob-
served and, to the extent of present capabilities, quantifiable envi-
ronment. The uniqueness of the jurisprudence required pivots upon
the realization that anthropocentric laws may no longer serve to reg-
ulate effectively the relations of man with biotic and abiotic com-
ponents of his immediate ecosphere-certainly not with extraterres-
trial life forms. Several contemporary jurists have attempted to ex-
tend the efforts of the venerable classical jurisprudents in anticipat-
ing the controlling dictates of man's relations with extraterrestrial
* A.B., Bowdoin College; L.L.B., University of Virginia; L.L.M., McGill
University; D.C.L., McGill University; Ass't General Counsel, Smithsonian
Institution. This article expresses the views of the author alone and are in
no way attributable to any institution or organization with which he is
(Prichard & MacLeish ed. 1939), quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes. The quota-
tion continues:
When I began, the law presented itself as a ragbag of details....
One saw people whom one respected and admired leaving the study
because they thought it narrowed the mind, for which they had the
authority of Burke. It required blind faith-faith that could not yet
find the formula or justification for itself.
May 1972 Vol. 40 No. 4

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