The 14 essays Zartaloudis (legal theory and history, Kent Law School, Univ. of Kent, UK) has gathered are unusual, at least for those accustomed to the conventions of recent American jurisprudence and related philosophical writing. The collection takes as its subject the broad relationship between law and philosophy, looking at that relationship from a number of critical angles. Drawing on Foucault and Heidegger, Deleuze and Marx, the collection moves beyond the internal issues of British and American law to look at larger issues outside the borders of those countries. Zartaloudis includes important essays on human rights, social and corporate control, and especially the conflict between—and intersection of—the individual person and the state (both historical and current). For example, to understand the relevance of William Watkin’s contribution, “The Migration of Frontiers,” one need only read the day’s news to see the connection between theory and practice, explanatory narrative and social reality.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.— ChoiceThis splendidly diverse array of essays throws off the mantle of mastery and the dudgeon of the disciplines in a scintillating exercise in thinking law without law.— Peter Goodrich, Director, Program in Law and Humanities at Cardozo School of Law
In this timely collection of new and established scholars from across the world and from a variety of related disciplines, the problem of what we mean by ‘the law’ is held carefully in suspension so that it can be thought anew. The dazzling series of contributions breathe new life into mordant commonplaces about the role of law today. In this volume, we find a renegade group of thinkers who can help us all interrogate the law with the full critical rigor it deserves. It is essential reading for the critically-minded in any discipline, and any walk of life.