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Law, Narrative and Reality : An Essay in Intercepting Politics - G. C. van Roermund

Law, Narrative and Reality

An Essay in Intercepting Politics

Hardcover Published: 31st August 1997
ISBN: 9780792346210
Number Of Pages: 238

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To a certain extent, this book is a translation of Recht, verhaal en werke­ lijkheid, published by Coutinho (Bussum, 1993). Chapters 1, 5 and 9, however, differ considerably from the original. At the basis of the Dutch book were arguments already submitted in 'Narrative coherence in legal contexts', in C. Faralli and E. Pattaro (eds.), Reason in Law, vol. III., Milano, A. Giuffre Editore, 1988, pp. 159-170; 'Justice, Rights, and Hu­ man Dignity', in The Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 7, 1987, pp. 46-65; 'Narrative coherence and the guises of legalism', in P. Nerhot (ed.), Law, Interpretation and Reality, Dordrecht - Boston, Kluwer Aca­ demic Publishers, 1990, pp. 310-345; 'The Instituting of Brute Facts', in The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue internationale de semiotique juridique, 4, 1991, pp. 279-308. For chapters 1 and 9 I used the following materials: 'Law is narrative, not literature', in W.l. Witte­ veen (ed.), Law, Rhetoric and Literature (Special Issue of the Dutch Jour­ nal for Legal Philosophy and Legal Theory), 23, No.3, 1994, Zwolle, Tjeenk Willink, 1994, pp. 221-227 (with a response by R. Weisberg, pp. 228-229); and 'Seeing Places: On Prepositions in Law', The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue internationale de semiotique juridique, 6, 1993, pp. 249-270. Chapter 5 was rewritten on the basis of 'The Instituting of Brute Facts'.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Learning through literaturep. 7
Interpretation in law and literaturep. 13
Overview of the argumentp. 15
A Hypothesis About Narrativesp. 19
All about 'about'p. 19
The double hierarchy of Event and Interpretationp. 23
A strong hypothesisp. 29
Narrative Coherence and the Facts of the Casep. 37
Relating factsp. 37
A case in synopsisp. 39
Analysisp. 42
Interpretationp. 44
Narrative Coherence and the System of Legal Normsp. 49
Justice affrontedp. 51
'What a piece of work is man'p. 54
Names, properties and substancesp. 56
Human dignity as a substancep. 61
Naming without necessityp. 66
The system of law 'after Auschwitz'p. 69
The apex of a legal systemp. 71
Ascription of Normative Consequences to Factsp. 75
The violent squattersp. 78
What happens when something happens?p. 78
What should have happened?p. 83
The desperate exployeep. 86
The facts - which facts?p. 86
Issuesp. 87
Three argumentsp. 89
Using law for policy making (AA)p. 89
Fluffing the system (BB and CC)p. 90
Once again: the facts of the casep. 92
Conclusionp. 92
Narratives, Law and Representation: Towards an Epistemological Account of the Interception Hypothesisp. 95
Representionalism and interception of referencep. 96
Epistemological questionsp. 99
Referential transparency and referential opacityp. 100
Interception, fiction and realityp. 103
Surveyp. 103
Copula ambiguity and narrative coherencep. 106
Facts and norms revisitedp. 110
Castaneda on institutionsp. 110
Facts as contexts of legitimationp. 112
Representationalism, metaphysics and politicsp. 115
The metaphysics of representation and its political counterpartsp. 115
The logic of the politicalp. 120
The Guises of Legalismp. 125
Guises of legalismp. 125
Sameness, similarity and typep. 128
Consensus as representationp. 133
'Form of life' as representationp. 138
Summary and prospectp. 141
Democracy and Representationp. 145
The received view and two of its criticsp. 146
Habermas's account of democracyp. 149
Politics and representationp. 152
Politics requires representationp. 152
Representation as reflexivityp. 153
Representation as substitutionp. 155
Representation as repetitionp. 156
Democracy questions representationp. 157
The incongruence of representationp. 160
Democracy as the government of a 'fatherless society'p. 163
Authority and rationality in politicsp. 167
Law as Punishment - Punishment as Lawp. 171
Reference and representation in criminal lawp. 172
Legal punishment and interceptionp. 176
Punishingp. 177
Punishment and the order of freedomp. 178
Interception - once morep. 183
Some consequencesp. 185
The (non)sense of legal punishmentp. 185
Retribution, prevention, reconciliationp. 187
State authority and criminal lawp. 189
Making the rule of law rulep. 192
The Law of Obligations - and the Fun of Seeing Placesp. 195
Places, prompts and prepositions: an announcementp. 196
Prompts: a semiosis of some domestic buttonsp. 197
Places and legal rulesp. 202
The Atiyah-Fried debatep. 206
Internal-externalp. 208
Perspectivismp. 212
Promptingp. 215
Epiloguep. 217
Bibliographyp. 219
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ISBN: 9780792346210
ISBN-10: 0792346211
Series: Law and Philosophy Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 31st August 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54