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Legal Signs Fascinate

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This engaging book examines the origins and first effects of the concept 'legal semiotics', focusing on the inventor of the term, Roberta Kevelson (1931-1998). It highlights the importance of her ideas and works which have contributed to legal theory, legal interpretation and philosophy of language.

Kevelson's work is particularly relevant today, in our world of global electronic communication networks which rely so much on language, signs, signals and shortcuts. Kevelson could not have foreseen the 21st century, yet the story of her work and influence deserves more attention as it is key to our understanding of modern legal discourse and why law fascinates and is accepted in modern society. The authors draw on Kevelson's hitherto unknown Office Papers and Notes, and a biographical examination points to key influences in her work such as the early feminist movements of the US East Coast, the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce and the semiotics of Thomas Sebeok. This forms the basis for a more encompassing research of Kevelson's position, work and philosophical background, which the authors call for.

A quick and enlightening read, this book interests a wide range of readers with an interest in legal history and the fields which Kevelson both drew on and influenced, including lawyers, students and scholars.

Presents new approaches to the conception of semiotics in legal and political theory

Reviews the sign-character of law and its relation to the individual and the state

Evaluates hermeneutics in legal texts and contexts

Evidences an urgent call for new research on sign and signification in law


Jan M. BROEKMAN is Emeritus Dean and Professor of Law at the KULeuven Law Faculty, Belgium, as well as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Penn State Law, USA. Research interests in EULaw, Legal Theory, Semiotics and Contemporary Philosophy.

Frank FLEERACKERS is Professor of Law at the KULeuven Law Faculty, Belgium, former Dean of the KU Brussels Law faculty, Belgium, and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Research interests in Conflict Analysis, Legal Theory and Semiotics.


PART I.- Chapter 1. Why's of Fascination.- Chapter 2. Social Life and Law.- PART II.- Chapter 3. Words, Signs and Signifying Concepts.- Chapter 4. Semiotics Education in Law.- Chapter 5. Kevelson's Semiotics Today.- PART III.- Chapter 6. Appendix A: The Roberta Kevelson Papers.- Chapter 7. Appendix B: The Kevelson Bibliography.


Titel: Legal Signs Fascinate
Untertitel: Kevelson's Research on Semiotics
EAN: 9783319695198
ISBN: 978-3-319-69519-8
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Recht
Anzahl Seiten: 74
Gewicht: 160g
Größe: H6mm x B236mm x T155mm
Jahr: 2017
Auflage: 1st ed. 2018

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