Presenting feminist readings of texts from the legal philosophical and jurisprudential canon, the papers collected here offer an interdisciplinary and critical challenge to established modes of reading law. Feminist approaches to law usually take the form of either critical engagements with legal doctrine, legal concepts and ideas, or critical assessments of the effects that specific areas of law have upon the lives of women. This collection, however, although rooted in feminist legal scholarship, takes the established canon of legal texts as the object of inquiry. Taking as their common starting point the fact that legal texts are plural and open to multiple readings, all the contributions in this collection offer subversive, but supplementary, interpretations of the legal canon. In this respect, however, they do not merely sustain an array of feminist styles and theories of reading; revealing and re-appropriating the plural space of legal interpretation, they seek to open a hitherto unexplored arena for a feminist politics of law.
Feminist Encounters with Legal Philosophy is a thoroughly researched interdisciplinary collection that will interest students and scholars of Law, Philosophy, and Feminism.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Maria Drakopoulou 2. A Voice Beyond The Law: Reading Cavarero Reading Plato Patrick Hanafin 3. The Sex Of Reason: Aquinas And The Misogynist Foundations Of Natural Law Margaret Denike 4. The Accidental Feminist: On The Pythagorean Roots Of John Selden’s Jani Anglorum Peter Goodrich 5. Hobbes, Unhealthy Desires And Freedom: A Feminist Reading Janice Richardson 6. Samuel Pufendorf, Feminism And The Question Of ‘Women And Law’ Maria Drakopoulou 7. Blackstone, Bentham And The Romance Of Law Susan Chaplin 8. Hegel On Law, Women, And Contract Alison Stone 9. Resonance: Why Feminists Do/Ought Not Read Kelsen Panu Minkkinen 10. Legal Form, Commodities And Reproduction: Reading Pashukanis Ruth Fletcher 11. Reading Arendt ‘Reading’ Schmitt: Reading Nomos Otherwise? Julia H. Chryssostalis 12. Ambiguities: Law, Morality, And Legal Subjectivity In H.L.A. Hart’s The Concept Of Law Emma Cunliffe
Maria Drakopoulou is Reader in Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK.