The Reign Of Law / Edition 1

The Reign Of Law / Edition 1

by Paul W. Kahn
     
 

"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,… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300083927
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction: In America the Law Is King1
Part IStudying the Rule of Law
1Marbury and the Historical Origins of the American Legal Imagination9
2An Archaeological Approach to Law18
Part IIThe Temporality of Law
3Political Time: Law and Revolution49
4Locating the Self in Political Time75
Part IIIThe Rhetoric of the Judicial Opinion
5The Rule of Law and the Suppression of the Subject103
6The Strategies of Law134
Part IVLaw and Representation
7The Representative Character of Law's Appearance177
8Representing the Opinion of the People206
Conclusion: Power and Knowledge in the Rule of Law230
AppendixMarbury v. Madison241
Notes259
Index299

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