Susanna blumenthal traces this litigation revealing how ideas of human consciousness agency and responsibility have shaped american jurisprudence as judges struggled to reconcile enlightenment rationality with new sciences of the mind. Law and the modern mind consciousness and responsibility in american legal culture by susanna l blumenthal cambridge mass harvard university press 2016 385 pp 4500. Law and the modern mind consciousness and responsibility in american legal culture author susanna l blumenthal publisher cambridge ma harvard university press . Susanna l blumenthals book is a thoughtful study of american laws confrontation with insanity during the 19th century law and the modern mind traces variations of the insanity theme as it plays out in each legal field. Although not to be confused with its eponym jerome franks psychoanalytic critique of legal formalism susanna blumenthals law and the modern mind also invoke
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