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Between Exemplarity and Singularity: Literature, Philosophy, Law

Edited by: Susanne Luedemann, Michele Lowrie

ISBN13: 9781138020498
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
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This book identifies and follows a strand in the history of thought – ranging from codified statutes to looser social expectations – that uses particulars, and more specifically examples, to produce norms. Much intellectual history takes ancient Greece as a point of departure. But the strand of thought followed here finds its home, if not its origin, in Rome.

The practice of exemplarity is historically rooted firmly in ancient Roman rhetoric, oratory, literature, and law, genres that also secured its transmission. Their pragmatic approach results in a conceptualization of politics, social organization, philosophy, and the law that is derived from the concrete. And although it is commonly supposed that, with the shift from pre-modern to modern ways of thinking – as modern knowledge came to privilege abstraction over exempla, the general over the particular – exemplarity lost its way, this book traces the limits of this understanding.

Tracing the role of exemplarity from Rome through to its influence on literature, politics, philosophy, psychoanalysis and law, it shows how Roman exemplarity has subsisted, not only as a figure of thought, but also as an alternative way to organize and to transmit knowledge.

Roman Law and Greek Law
I. The Phenomenology of Practice Hans Lipps, Example, examples, and the case of law Anselm Haverkamp, Paradigm, metaphor, equivalence: Other views Cathy Caruth, Falling Theory Bernhard Waldenfels, For Example
II. The Roman World of Exemplarity Rebecca Langlands, Roman exempla mediating between universal and particular Matthew Roller, Between extraordinary and typical: Roman exempla in a list Melanie Möller, Exemplum und exception: Towards a rhetorical theory of the exception Clifford Ando, The exemplum and Roman law
III. The Roman Exemplum: Reception/Self-reflection Justin Steinberg, Exemplary Punishment in Dante’s Inferno and the Problem of ‘Enormous’ Crimes John McCormick, Machiavelli’s Exemplary Tyrants and Statesmen Peter Goodrich, The Legal Example Caroline Blumenberg, Kant’s use of examples David Martyn, Exemplary Pathologies: Goethe Christiane Frey, Singular Epistemologies: Leibniz, Kant, Kleist Paul Fleming, Exemplary Evidence: Freud’s Anecdotal Procedure in The Psychopathology of Everyday Life Eva Geulen, Afterword: Without example. Adorno