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"A brilliantly innovative and provocative work of pathfinding dimensions."-Robert M. Ireland, Journal of the Early Republic
"No scholar of the American constitution or American history can afford not to read this book-at least twice."-Herbert A. Johnson, Law and History Review
"Kahn is clearly a scholar of great intelligence and creativity."-Scott D. Gerber, Journal of American History
In this ground-breaking book, Kahn uses modern cultural theory to investigate America's most profound political myth: the belief that the rule of law is rule by the people. Kahn explores the elements of the myth, the rhetoric of law that sustains the myth, and the world of meaning the myth creates. He shows us that law must be central to religious, anthropological, and philosophical studies of American life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300083927
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: In America the Law Is King 1
Part I Studying the Rule of Law
1 Marbury and the Historical Origins of the American Legal Imagination 9
2 An Archaeological Approach to Law 18
Part II The Temporality of Law
3 Political Time: Law and Revolution 49
4 Locating the Self in Political Time 75
Part III The Rhetoric of the Judicial Opinion
5 The Rule of Law and the Suppression of the Subject 103
6 The Strategies of Law 134
Part IV Law and Representation
7 The Representative Character of Law's Appearance 177
8 Representing the Opinion of the People 206
Conclusion: Power and Knowledge in the Rule of Law 230
Appendix Marbury v. Madison 241
Notes 259
Index 299
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