Book Review: Character: What It Means and Why It Matters by Deborah L. Rhode. New York. Oxford University Press. 2019. 336 pp.

 

In a book review, published in the inaugural edition of the Academic Chatter Review of Books, I discuss Character: What It Means and Why It Matters by Deborah L. Rhode. Professor Rhode is one of the leading experts on legal ethics in America, a professor at Stanford Law School, and director of the Center on the Legal Profession.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the sometimes contradictory role character plays in American society, law, and politics.

You can read my full review of the book here: Review of “Character”

One thought on “Book Review: Character: What It Means and Why It Matters by Deborah L. Rhode. New York. Oxford University Press. 2019. 336 pp.

  1. Here in the UK we have what can only be described as a systemic-bias pandemic, in relation to ‘offender’ risk assessments. Individual lives are at the mercy of this phenomenon, yet little, if anything, is being done to combat this problem.

    Time and again we hear of prisoner’s lives in the community being over-managed on the back of flawed risk assessments. Many are effectively under house-arrest. You mention the problem of clinical override, well, I can testify that remains an ongoing concern.

    Human bias is an evolutionary throw-back, but a throw-back that remains very much at the centre of much heartache.

    The question is, what can be done?

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