The promise and perils of positive psychology in legal education

Ferris, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-0574-1978, 2016. The promise and perils of positive psychology in legal education. In: The Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference 2016, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 6 September 2016.


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This paper introduces positive psychology in general and Positive Psychology in particular, and argues that legal education may benefit from utilisation of positive psychology. Positive Psychology is a self-declared movement will be referred to as Positive Psychology below: positive psychology will be taken to include Positive Psychology. However, it argues that legal educators need to be cautious in how and why they adopt the findings of positive psychology into the curriculum and practice of legal education. Specifically, Positive Psychology is problematic, due in large part to its limited and unreflective epistemology, an epistemology it has used to exclude factors important for delivering legal education from consideration. However, positive psychology including Positive Psychology is far too valuable a potential source of understanding to forgo. Therefore, the nature and impact of the epistemological problems are discussed, illustrated, and placed within a jurisprudential frame of reference which will be more familiar to lawyers.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Ferris, G.
Date: September 2016
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Mar 2017 11:01
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:13

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