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Feminist Encounters with Legal Philosophy

Edited by: Maria Drakopoulou

ISBN13: 9780415497602
Published: December 2013
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Presenting feminist readings of texts from the legal philosophical and jurisprudential canon, the papers collected here offer an interdisciplinary and critical challenge to established modes of reading law.

Feminist approaches to law usually take the form of either critical engagements with legal doctrine, legal concepts and ideas, or critical assessments of the effects that specific areas of law have upon the lives of women. This collection, however, although rooted in feminist legal scholarship, takes the established canon of legal texts as the object of inquiry.

Taking as their common starting point the fact that legal texts are plural and open to multiple readings, all the contributions in this collection offer subversive, but supplementary, interpretations of the legal canon. In this respect, however, they do not merely sustain an array of feminist styles and theories of reading. Revealing, and re-appropriating, the plural space of legal interpretation, they seek to open a hitherto unexplored arena for a feminist politics of law.

Introduction, Maria Drakopoulou.
Engendering 'Right Reason': Thomas Aquinas and the Woman Question, Margaret Denike.
Nomos and Physis in the Seventeenth Century Tradition of Natural Law: Pufendorf's on the law of Nature and Nations and the Politics of Sexual Difference, Maria Drakopoulou.
The Accidental Feminist: On the Pythagorean Roots of John Selden's Jani Anglorum, Peter Goodrich.
Subjects and Subjection: The Inconsistent Position of Women in Social Contract Theory, Janice Richardson.
Hegel on Women, Law and Contract, Alison Stone.
Gender, Law and Genre: William Blackstone and the 'Romance' of Law, Dr. Sue Chaplin.
Resonance: Why Feminists Do/Ought Not Read Kelsen, Panu Minnkinen.
Pashukanis for Feminists: Legal Forms of Reproductive Difference, Ruth Fletcher
Re-Reading Schmitt with Copjec and Bronfen: Sovereignty Beyond Exceptionality? Julia H. Chryssostalis.
The Problem of Legal Subjectivity in H.L.A. Hart's The Concept of Law, Emma Cunliffe