The Mythology of Modern Law

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415082631
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/24/1992
  • 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

Series editors' preface
1 Myth and the Negation of Law 1
Introduction 1
The assumption of law 3
The evocation of myth 9
2 Myth and Modernity 13
Genesis 13
The myth of myth 17
The denigration of myth 27
The perfection of myth 29
3 The Mythic Foundation of Modern Law 44
Origins 44
The Heavenly City 45
Nature and the deification of law 51
Nature, race and law 63
Law and savagery 72
Law and progress 87
4 The Mythic Consolidation of Modern Law 92
The reign of finitude 92
The perfection of progress 93
The progression of law 101
Colonialism and the confirmation of law 107
The nationality of law 111
Subject and subjection in law 118
Progress and order in law 141
5 Law and Myths 146
The mutuality of myths 146
Law in the administered world 147
Administration and the inevitability of law 163
Popular justice 169
The limits of law 180
6 Law as Myth 183
Life and legal autonomy 183
The primal scene 192
The apotheosis of the official 197
Myth and concept 206
Bibliography 211
Name index 227
Subject index 230
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