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Law's Sacrifice: Approaching the Problem of Sacrifice in Law, Literature, and Philosophy

Edited by: Brian W. Nail, Jeffrey A. Ellsworth

ISBN13: 9780367180935
Published: August 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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This volume examines the relationship between law and sacrifice as a crucial nexus for theorizing the dynamics of creation, destruction, transcendence, and violence within the philosophical and legal discourse of western society.

At a time of populist political unrest, what philosophical and theoretical resources are available for conceptualizing the discontent that seems to emanate from practically every sphere of society? What narrative strategies have been employed within literary, theological, philosophical, and legal discourse to tame or mystify human violence? Engaging with the work of preeminent theorists of sacrifice, such as Georges Bataille, René Girard, Giorgio Agamben, and Jacques Derrida this collection examines from an interdisciplinary perspective the sacrificial logic that characterizes the cultural and political dynamics of law in society.

The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the field of legal theory and philosophy.

Contributing Authors
Introduction: Approaching the Problem of Sacrifice in Law, Literature, and Philosophy
Brian W. Nail
Sacrifice and the Origin of Law
Wolfgang Palaver
Towards a Sacrificial Aneconomy? Georges Bataille and the Aporia of Sacrifice
Marie Chabbert
(Misguided) Self-transcendence and the Imagination of Sacrifice
Arthur Cools
A We Not Modeled on the I, the Law of Law, and Futurity
A. Samuel Kimball
Homo Sacrificus: Sacrificial Economization and Neoliberal Subjectivity
Brian W. Nail
Law, Authority, and the Sovereign Exception: The (Im)possibility of Political Agency
Richard Hajarizadeh
The Gift of Time and the Hour of Sacrifice: A Philosophical-Anthropological Analysis of the Deep Difference Between Political Liberal and Populist Politics
Johan Van der Walt
Sacrificial Liberalism: The Politics of Zeal and its Selective Denial in Rawls’s Political Liberalism
Richard Mailey
The Sacrifice of Law’s Madness
Jeffrey A. Ellsworth