Derrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law
The essays in this timely and provocative volume are concerned with the shaping of law's interpretive spaces and with the temporal and spatial management of law towards the possibility for justice. With new and important perspectives on the significance of Derrida and Agamben for legal critique, Administering Interpretation will be welcomed across the disciplines by scholars interested in legal theory, politics, and interpretive practice. -- Bradin Cormack, Princeton University This collection is a cumulative and powerful display of the possibilities inherent in continental philosophy for the work of legal interpretation. Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld underline to important effect the woeful marginality of critical jurisprudence and critical legal interpretation in the contemporary U.S. legal academy, in contrast to transoceanic points of comparison. The collection itself is an effective advertisement for the absurdity of that marginality. -- Christopher Tomlins, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Peter Goodrich (Edited By) Peter Goodrich is Professor of Law and Director of the Program of Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law. Michel Rosenfeld (Edited By) Michel Rosenfeld is University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy and Justice and Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights at Cardozo School of Law.
Introduction Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld | 1 I Reconstructing Interpretative Communities 1. Interpretations as Hypotheses Bernhard Schlink | 11 2. Antonin Scalia, Bernhard Schlink, and Lancelot Andrewes: Reading Heller Stanley Fish 22 3. The Interpreter, the Analyst, and the Scientist Jeanne L. Schroeder | 38 4. Law against Justice and Solidarity: Rereading Derrida and Agamben at the Margins of the One and the Many Michel Rosenfeld | 54 II Derrida and Dissimulation 5. Jacques Derrida Never Wrote about Law Pierre Legrand | 105 6. Derridas Legal Times: Decision, Declaration, Deferral, and Event Bernadette Meyler | 147 7. Derridas Shylock: The Letter and the Life of Law Katrin Trstedt | 168 III The Justice of Administration 8. A Postmodern HetoimasiaFeigning Sovereignty during the State of Exception Marinos Diamantides | 189 9. Contra Iurem: Giorgio Agambens Two Ontologies Laurent de Sutter | 234 IV CounterPlaces, CounterTimes 10. Cities of Refuge, Rebel Cities, and the City to Come Giovanna Borradori | 253 11. A Ghost Story: Electoral Reform and Hong Kong Popular Theater Marco Wan | 272 12. Appearing under Erasure: Of War, Disappearance, and the Contretemps Allen Feldman | 290 List of Contributors | 323 Index | 329