The Mythology of Modern Law

The Mythology of Modern Law

by Peter Fitzpatrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415082633

ISBN-13: 9780415082631

Pub. Date: 09/24/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Mythology of Modern Law is a radical reappraisal of the role of myth in modern society. Peter Fitzpatrick uses the example of law, as an integral category of modern social thought, to challenge the claims of modernity which deny the relevance of myth to modern society.  See more details below

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The Mythology of Modern Law is a radical reappraisal of the role of myth in modern society. Peter Fitzpatrick uses the example of law, as an integral category of modern social thought, to challenge the claims of modernity which deny the relevance of myth to modern society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415082631
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/24/1992
Series:
Sociology of Law and Crime Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Series editors' preface
Acknowledgements
1Myth and the Negation of Law1
Introduction1
The assumption of law3
The evocation of myth9
2Myth and Modernity13
Genesis13
The myth of myth17
The denigration of myth27
The perfection of myth29
3The Mythic Foundation of Modern Law44
Origins44
The Heavenly City45
Nature and the deification of law51
Nature, race and law63
Law and savagery72
Law and progress87
4The Mythic Consolidation of Modern Law92
The reign of finitude92
The perfection of progress93
The progression of law101
Colonialism and the confirmation of law107
The nationality of law111
Subject and subjection in law118
Progress and order in law141
5Law and Myths146
The mutuality of myths146
Law in the administered world147
Administration and the inevitability of law163
Popular justice169
The limits of law180
6Law as Myth183
Life and legal autonomy183
The primal scene192
The apotheosis of the official197
Myth and concept206
Bibliography211
Name index227
Subject index230

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