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Law's Hermeneutics

Other Investigations, 1st Edition

Edited by Simone Glanert, Fabien Girard

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256 pages

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Bringing together leading academics hailing from different cultural and scholarly horizons, this book revisits legal hermeneutics by making particular reference to philosophy, sociology and linguistics. On the assumption that theory has much to teach law, that theory motivates and enables, the writings of such intellectuals as Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricœur, Giorgio Agamben, Jürgen Habermas, Ronald Dworkin and Ludwig Wittgenstein receive special consideration. As it explores the matter of reading the law and as it inquires into the emergence of meaning within the dynamic between reader and text against the background of the reader’s worldly finiteness, this collection of essays wishes to contribute to an improved appreciation of the merits and limits of law’s hermeneutics which, it argues, is emphatically not to be reduced to a simple tool for textual exegesis.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

 

Acknowledgements

Hermeneuticizing the Law

Simone Glanert and Fabien Girard

PART I – A MATRIX

1 Heidegger’s Hermeneutics

Cristina Lafont

2 Understanding the Other: A Gadamerian View on Conceptual Schemes

Charles Taylor

3 Gadamer’s Interest for Legal Hermeneutics

Jean Grondin

4 The Interpretation of Foreign Law: How Germane Is Gadamer

Simone Glanert

 

PART II – CONCURRENCES

5 Ricœur’s Legal Hermeneutics: Mapping the Non-Place of Critique

Fabien Girard

6 Dworkin, Interpretation and Legal Change

Paul Yowell

7 Taking Stories Seriously: The Place of Narrative in Legal Interpretation

François Ost

PART III – VARIANCES / DISCREPANCIES

8 Wittgenstein on Rule-Following and Interpretation

Julia Tanney

9 Derrida’s Gadamer

Pierre Legrand

10 Habermas, Law and the European Union

William Outhwaite

 

11 Law’s Disappearance:

The State of Exception and the Destruction of Experience

Cosmin Sebastian Cercel

ENVOI

The Hermeneutic Character of Legal Construction

Ralf Poscher

Notes on Contributors

Index

About the Editors

Simone Glanert is Senior Lecturer at Kent Law School and Director of the Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law.

Fabien Girard is Assistant Professor (Maître de conférences) at the Faculty of Law, Université Grenoble Alpes.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW052000
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW063000
LAW / Legal Writing
LAW101000
LAW / Essays
LIT006000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
PHI036000
PHILOSOPHY / Hermeneutics