Law and Language

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Continues the series of reprinting, with the original page numbers for accurate referencing, entire essays deemed to be the most influential and of continuing importance. The 13 essays, originally published between 1963 and 1991, look at lessons to be learned about law from the study of literature, literary theory, and linguistics; and at the law of language and literature. Among their topics are law as rhetoric, rhetoric as law: the arts of cultural and communal life; linguistic indeterminacy; transcendental deconstruction, transcendental justice; morals and the constitution: the sin of obscenity; cultural heterogeneity and law: pornography, blasphemy, and the First amendment. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Pt. I Law as Expression
1 Thinking About Our Language 3
2 Babel: a She'ur 27
3 Law as Rhetoric, Rhetoric as Law: The Arts of Cultural and Communal Life 55
Pt. II Law and Literature: Finding Meaning
4 Linguistic Indeterminacy 77
5 Law as Literature 109
6 The Hermeneutics File 141
7 Interpreting the Law: Hermeneutical and Poststructuralist Perspectives 167
8 Transcendental Deconstruction, Transcendent Justice 209
9 The Annual John Randolph Tucker Lecture - Force 265
Pt. III The Law of Language
10 Morals and the Constitution: The Sin of Obscenity 287
11 Pornography as Defamation and Discrimination 311
12 Pornography and the First Amendment: A Reply to Professor MacKinnon 335
13 Cultural Heterogeneity and Law: Pornography, Blasphemy, and the First Amendment 349
Name Index 389
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