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Law and Aesthetics

By: Adam Gearey
Media of Law and Aesthetics
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Published: 06-06-2001
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 176
ISBN: 9781841130262
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Legal Theory Today
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About Law and Aesthetics

Law and Aesthetics draws on the work of poets as well as philosophers. Taking as its starting point Shelleys assertion that poets are unacknowledged legislators,the book suggests that there is a way of thinking that, as yet, has not been taken up by those who make use of literary aesthetics to understand law. The book tracks this aesthetic thinking through the failures of critical legal studies and stages an encounter with psychoanalysis, before suggesting that an aesthetics of law can be exhumed from Nietzsches work. The aesthetic is a call to the creative: fashion new law. A review of contemporary legal theory that makes use of aesthetic perspectives suggests that dissident and radical Nietzschean energies continue to animate legal thought. In the final chapter, an aesthetics of law is shown to make for an interruption of legal categories, and the generation of new legal relationships. The book concludes with a further meditation on Shelleys poetry, and a call to continue in the spirit of aesthetic reinvention.

Table Of Contents

1. Ozymandias
2. Lie Dream of a Legal Soul
3. The Book of Sand
4. The Province of Jurisprudence Deranged
5. Interruptions
6. The Recording Angel


“Gearey incites us to 'fashion new law'. In a work as forcefully and thoughtfully argued as this, it is a call which is difficult to resist.” –  Ann Mumford, London School of Economics, Journal of Law and Society

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