Rowman and Littlefield International

Law and Philosophical Theory

Critical Intersections

Edited by Thanos Zartaloudis

3 Reviews

This important collection explores contemporary legal thought in relation to its interdisciplinary critical engagement with philosophy.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786602640 Release date: Oct 2018
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Paperback ISBN: 9781786602657 Release date: Oct 2018
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Ebook ISBN: 9781786602664 Release date: Oct 2018
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Pages: 276


This important collection explores contemporary legal thought (and thought about the law more generally) in relation to its interdisciplinary critical engagement with philosophy, in particular continental philosophy. Over the last 25 years, many legal thinkers have increasingly and critically engaged with philosophical thought in ever explorative and innovative interdisciplinary ways. This book represents this rich and continuously developing interdisciplinary tradition within legal thought and legal study more generally.

Featuring both established and new voices, the volume explores a range of topics including: the relationship between law, philosophy and political theology; law and ecology; matter and legal technologies; contemporary governmentality; law’s relationship to violence; the so-called anti-juradicalism of post-1968 French theory; the normativity of social images; and responses to a time of perpetual crisis management. The approaches represented in this volume pose both long-standing and new questions in a genuinely critical manner in relation to contemporary legal (and associated political, social, economic and ethical) thinking.

Introduction, Thanos Zartaloudis / 1. Illegalisms and the Law of Civil Society: From Foucault to Marx, Mikhaïl Xifaras / 2. Foucault’s ‘Distrust of Legalism’: On Human Rights and the Revolution in Iran, Jessica Whyte / 3. Actor-Network Theory and the Critique of Law, Kyle McGee / 4. Reopening the Archive: From Hypomnesis to the Ontology of Law, Hayley Gibson / 5. Notes on the Person and the Anthropological Machine of Law, Gian Giacomo Fusco / 6. Immanentism and Incorporation: How Law Makes Corporations, Tara Mulqueen / 7. Icons of Control: Deleuze, Signs, and Law, Nathan Moore / 8. Iconic Norms: A Theory of the Normative Nature of Images, Emanuele Coccia / 9. If Law Speaks, It Speaks of Enjoyment: Psychoanalysis and Desire, Justin Clemens / 10. Love, Law, Anarchism, Elena Loizidou / 11. Law as Myth – On the Young Walter Benjamin, Emanuele Castrucci / 12. The Being of the Volk: State, Führer and ‘The Political’ In Heidegger’s Seminars During the Kairos, Matthew Sharpe / 13. The Migration of Frontiers, William Watkin / 14. Elements of a Theology of Secularization, Anton Schütz / Notes on the Contributors / Index

Thanos Zartaloudis is a Reader in Legal Theory and History at Kent Law School, University of Kent. He is also a Lecturer and Doctoral Advisor at the School of Architecture of the Architectural Association in London. He has published widely in philosophy and law and legal history. His most recent book is The Birth of Nomos (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

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3 Reviews

The 14 essays Zartaloudis (legal theory and history, Kent Law School, Univ. of Kent, UK) has gathered are unusual, at least for those accustomed to the conventions of recent American jurisprudence and related philosophical writing. The collection takes as its subject the broad relationship between law and philosophy, looking at that relationship from a number of critical angles. Drawing on Foucault and Heidegger, Deleuze and Marx, the collection moves beyond the internal issues of British and American law to look at larger issues outside the borders of those countries. Zartaloudis includes important essays on human rights, social and corporate control, and especially the conflict between—and intersection of—the individual person and the state (both historical and current). For example, to understand the relevance of William Watkin’s contribution, “The Migration of Frontiers,” one need only read the day’s news to see the connection between theory and practice, explanatory narrative and social reality.

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.


This splendidly diverse array of essays throws off the mantle of mastery and the dudgeon of the disciplines in a scintillating exercise in thinking law without law.

Peter Goodrich, Director, Program in Law and Humanities at Cardozo School of Law

In this timely collection of new and established scholars from across the world and from a variety of related disciplines, the problem of what we mean by ‘the law’ is held carefully in suspension so that it can be thought anew. The dazzling series of contributions breathe new life into mordant commonplaces about the role of law today. In this volume, we find a renegade group of thinkers who can help us all interrogate the law with the full critical rigor it deserves. It is essential reading for the critically-minded in any discipline, and any walk of life.

Iain MacKenzie, Centre for Critical Thought, University of Kent

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