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Law and Art: Ethics, Aesthetics, Justice

ISBN13: 9780415560214
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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The contributions to Law and Art address the interaction between law, justice, the ethical and the aesthetic. The exercise of the legal role and the scholarly understanding of legal texts were classically defined as ars iuris - an art of law - which drew on the panoply of humanist disciplines, from philology to fine art. That tradition has fallen by the wayside, particularly in the wake of modernism. But, as this book demonstrates, a consideration of the relationship between law and art can still bring jurisprudence, and particularly critical jurisprudence, to life. In its attention to the inexpressible, art can contribute to the liberation of legal doctrine from its own self-imposed limits. It can inform the ethics of a legal theory that is concerned to address how theoretical abstractions and concrete oppressions overlook the singularity and spontaneity to which art attests. The contributors to this volume - and their engagement with the full range of 'the arts' - seek, therefore, to disturb and to supplement conventional accounts of justice: raising the difficulty, but also the promise, of that surplus which art reveals: of life over legal formalisation.

Part 1: Law between Ethics and Aesthetics
1. Poetic Justice: Art and the Measure of Mortality, Krzysztof Ziarek
2. Art, Law, Comparison, Igor Stramignoni
3. Judaism in The No Man's Land: Between Law and Ethics, Ariella Atzmon
4. Law's Image, Costas Douzinas
5. The Aesthetics of the Everyday and the Form of the Law, Adam Gearey
Part 2: Creativity, Singularity and the Law
1. In the Absence of Judgement: Critical Art Practice and the Law, Jamie Stapleton
2. The Torch of Art and the Sword of Law: Between Particularity and Universality, Zenon Bankowski and Maksymilian Del Mar
3. The rise and fall of moral security: Hugo Grotius, Joseph Conrad and the waters of the Malay Archipelago, Stephanie Jones
4. Musical Performance, the Academy, and the Law-givers, Thomas Irvine
5. Reading law as literature: cases for conversation, Robin Lister
Part 3: Law, Art and Violence
1. The Sublime Origin of Violence, Oren Ben-Dor
2. As the Osprey to the Fish: Shakespeare and the Force of Law, Richard Wilson
3. Emergency Art: The Revolution will not be Curated!, Bernadette Buckley
4. The Play of Terror, Ian Ward
Part 4: Law, Justice and the Image
1. Francis Bacon's 'armature': a justice that cannot be told, Panu Minkkinnen
2. Images, Emblems, Laws, Peter Goodrich
3. Not Yet: Aboriginal People and the rule of law, Desmond Manderson
4. The Awnings of Justice: De Chirico and Luhmann against the Horizon, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
5. Law and Architecture: the construction of meaningful spaces, Alain Pottage