Presenting legal and philosophical essays on money, this book explores
the conditions according to which an object like a piece of paper, or an
electronic signal, has come to be seen as having a value.
Money plays a crucial role in the regulation of social relationships and
their normative determination. It is thus integral to the very nature of the
“social”, and the question of how society is kept together by a network
of agreements, conventions, exchanges, and codes. All of which must
be traced down. The technologies of money discussed here by Searle,
Ferraris, and Condello show how we conceive the category of the social at
the intersection of individual and collective intentionality, documentality,
and materiality. All of these dimensions, as the introduction to this volume
demonstrates, are of vital importance for legal theory and for a whole set of
legal concepts that are crucial in reflections on the relationship between law,
philosophy, and society.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION (by A. Condello)
1. Why a Book on Money?
2. Why This Book on Money?
3. Money, Social Ontology and Law
Money: Ontology and Deception (by J.R. Searle)
1. The Functions of Money and the Definition of Money
2. Social ontology
3. Status functions are created by declaration
4. Money is Always a Status Function
5. Further Forms of Deception and Money
6. Money and Deception, a Summary
7. What is Money?
The Color of Money (by M. Ferraris)
0. Introduction: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg
1.2. Manifest Image
1.3. Deep Structure
1.4. Pentecost or Emergence
2.2. Necessary Condition
2.3. Sufficient Condition
2.4. Power and Form
3.1. Competence without Understanding
3.3. The Mystic Foundation of Authority
Socio-legal Reality in the Making. Money as a Paradigm (by A. Condello)
1. A Basic Social Institution
2. Overview on Searle’s and Ferraris’ Theories of Money
3. Social Reality and Law: Cross-Breeding Intentionality with Documentality
3.1 The Symbolic Socio-legal Object for Searle: Money as Status Function
3.2 Tracing Socio-Legal Reality: Maurizio Ferraris’ Documentality
4. Broadening the Field: from Money to Legal Reality
4.1 Res, pecunia, lis
5. Conclusion. Socio-Legal Reality in the Making
CONCLUSION (by A. Condello)
1. Means of Exchange
2. Money (as Law) is a Social Technology
A core legacy of the Continental juridico-political tradition is the methodological commitment to the idea that law and politics are inextricably tied to one another. On the one hand, law has to be studied in the light of the concrete political dynamics, social forces, and societal movements that make law what it is. On the other hand, the analysis of political processes should be coupled with the study of the legal techniques through which politics exerts its effects on social reality.
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