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Nomikoi: Critical Legal Thinkers


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Nomikoi: Critical Legal Thinkers presents analyses of key critical theorists who have written on law and contributed significantly to the development of the new interdisciplinary legal studies. Addressing those who have most influenced legal thought and thought about law, the aim of the series is to bring legal scholarship, the social sciences and the humanities into a closer dialogue.

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Hannah Arendt Legal Theory and the Eichmann Trial

Hannah Arendt: Legal Theory and the Eichmann Trial

1st Edition

Peter Burdon
June 10, 2019

Hannah Arendt is one of the great outsiders of twentieth-century political philosophy. After reporting on the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, Arendt embarked on a series of reflections about how to make judgments and exercise responsibility without recourse to existing law, especially ...

Ranciere and Law

Ranciere and Law

1st Edition

Monica Lopez Lerma, Julen Etxabe
June 10, 2019

This book is the first to approach Jacques Rancière’s work from a legal perspective. A former student of Louis Althusser, Rancière is one of the most important contemporary French philosophers of recent decades: offering an original and path-breaking way to think politics, democracy and aesthetics....

Adriana Cavarero Resistance and the Voice of Law

Adriana Cavarero: Resistance and the Voice of Law

1st Edition

Elisabetta R. Bertolino
March 21, 2019

Critical legal scholars have made us aware that law is made up not only of rules but also of language. But who speaks the language of law? And can one lawfully speak in one’s voice? For the Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero, to answer these questions we must not separate who is speaking from the...

Zizek and Law

Zizek and Law

1st Edition

Laurent de Sutter
November 11, 2016

The very first book dedicated to Slavoj Zizek’s theoretical treatment of law, this book gathers widely recognized Zizek scholars as well as legal theorists to offer a sustained analysis of the place of law in Zizek’s work. Whether it is with reference to symbolic law, psychoanalytical law, ...

Roberto Esposito Law, Community and the Political

Roberto Esposito: Law, Community and the Political

1st Edition

Peter Langford
November 08, 2016

Roberto Esposito: Law, Community and the Political provides a critical legal introduction to this increasingly influential Italian theorist’s work, by focusing on Esposito’s reconceptualisation of the relationship between law, community and the political. The analysis concentrates primarily on ...

Bruno Latour The Normativity of Networks

Bruno Latour: The Normativity of Networks

1st Edition

Kyle McGee
June 09, 2015

The first extended study of Bruno Latour’s legal theory, this book presents a critical reconstruction of the whole of Latour’s oeuvre to date, from Laboratory Life to An Inquiry into the Modes of Existence. Based on the powerful insights into normative effects that actor-network theory makes ...

Deleuze & Guattari Emergent Law

Deleuze & Guattari: Emergent Law

1st Edition

Jamie Murray
September 12, 2014

Deleuze & Guattari: Emergent Law is an exposition and development of Deleuze & Guattari's legal theory. Although there has been considerable interest in Deleuze & Guattari in critical legal studies, as well as considerable interest in legality in Deleuze & Guattari studies, this is ...

Althusser and Law

Althusser and Law

1st Edition

Laurent de Sutter
July 23, 2014

Althusser and Law is the first book specifically dedicated to the place of law in Louis Althusser’s philosophy. The growing importance of Althusser’s philosophy in contemporary debates on the left has - for practical and political, as well theoretical reasons - made a sustained&...

Henri Lefebvre Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City

Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City

1st Edition

Chris Butler
March 14, 2014

While certain aspects of Henri Lefebvre’s writings have been examined extensively within the disciplines of geography, social theory, urban planning and cultural studies, there has been no comprehensive consideration of his work within legal studies. Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life ...

Carl Schmitt Law as Politics, Ideology and Strategic Myth

Carl Schmitt: Law as Politics, Ideology and Strategic Myth

1st Edition

Michael Salter
October 29, 2013

There continues to be a remarkable revival in academic interest in Carl Schmitt's thought within politics and social theory but this is the first book to address his thought from an explicitly legal theoretical perspective. Transcending the prevailing one-sided and purely historical focus on ...

Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality Law as Absolute Hospitality

Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality: Law as Absolute Hospitality

1st Edition

Jacques de Ville
November 30, 2012

Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality presents a comprehensive account and understanding of Derrida’s approach to law and justice. Through a detailed reading of Derrida’s texts, Jacques de Ville contends that it is only by way of Derrida's deconstruction of the metaphysics of presence, and ...

Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society

Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society

1st Edition

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
July 28, 2011

Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society presents the work of sociologist Niklas Luhmann in a radical new light. Luhmann’s theory is here introduced both in terms of society at large and the legal system specifically, and for the first time, Luhmann’s texts are systematically read together with ...

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