Law, Narrative and Reality

Law, Narrative and Reality : An Essay in Intercepting Politics

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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'.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 154 x 242 x 20mm | 539.78g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • IX, 238 p.
  • 0792346211
  • 9780792346210

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. A Hypothesis About Narratives. 2. Narrative Coherence and the Facts of the Case. 3. Narrative Coherence and the System of Legal Norms. 4. Ascription of Normative Consequences to Facts. 5. Narratives, Law and Representation: Towards an Epistemological Account of the Interception Hypothesis. 6. The Guises of Legalism. 7. Democracy and Representation. 8. Law as Punishment - Punishment as Law. 9. The Law of Obligations - and the Fun of Seeing Places. Epilogue. Bibliography.
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