Thinking About Law
In Silence with Heidegger
By (author) Oren Ben-Dor
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Thinking About Law by Oren Ben-Dor
Book DescriptionWhat calls for thinking about law? What does it mean to think about? What is aboutness? Could it be that law, in its essence, has not yet been thought about? In exploring these questions, this book closely reads Heidegger's thought, especially his later poetical writings. Heidegger's transformation of the very notion and process of thinking has destabilising implications for the formation of any theory of law, however critical this theory may be. The transformation of thinking also affects the notions of ethics and morality, and the manner in which law relates to them. Interpretations of Heidegger's unique understanding of notions such as 'essence', 'thinking', 'language', 'truth' and 'nearness' come together to indicate the otherness of the essence of law from what is referred to as the 'legal'. If the essence of law has not yet been thought about, what generates deafness to the call for such thinking, thereby entrenching a refuge for legalism? The ambit of the legal is traced to Levinasian ethics, especially to his notion of otherness, despite such a notion being apparently highly critical of the totality of the legal. In entrenching the legal, it is argued that Levinas's notion of otherness does not reflect thinking that is otherwise than ontology but rather radicalises and maintains a derivative ontology. A call for thinking about law is then connected to Heideggerian ontologically based otherness upon which ethical reflection, that the essence of law protects, is grounded.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841133546
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Oren Ben-Dor
Israel and South Africa, Paperback (October 2015)
Israel and South Africa assesses the parallels between the Zionist and apartheid regimes, as well as their implications for international law, activism and policy making.
Law and Art, Hardback (June 2011)
Addresses the interaction between law, justice, the ethical, and the aesthetic.
Constitutional Limits and the Public Sphere, Hardback (December 2000)» View all books by Oren Ben-Dor
This book, based on a close reading of Bentham's texts, is mainly concerned with critical constitutionalism.
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Author Biography - Oren Ben-Dor
Oren Ben-Dor teaches legal and political philosophy at the School of Law, University of Southampton. He is the author of Constitutional Limits and the Public Sphere, Hart Publishing, 2000.
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