Administering Interpretation

9780823283798: Hardback
Release Date: 21st May 2019

9780823283781: Paperback
Release Date: 21st May 2019

9780823283804: EPUB
Release Date: 21st May 2019

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 352

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Just Ideas

Fordham University Press

Administering Interpretation

Derrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law

Hardback / £103.00
Paperback / £27.99
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Populism in politics and policy orientations in law have thrown the jurisdiction of the academy and the disciplines of interpretation into disarray. Critique flounders in abstraction and negativity, law loses itself in particularity. Administering Interpretation brings together philosophers, humanists, and jurists from both continental and Anglophone jurisdictions to reassess the status and trajectory of interpretative theory as applied in the art of law. Tracking the thread of philosophical influences upon the community of legal interpretation, the essays move from the translation and wake of Derrida to the work of Agamben, from deconstruction to oikononmia. Sharing roots in the philological excavation of the political theology of modern law, contributors assess the failure of secularism and the continuing theological borrowings of juridical interpretation. The book brings contemporary critique to bear upon the interpretative apparatuses of exclusion, the law of spectacular sovereignty, and the bodies that lie in its wake.

Contributors: Giovanna Borradori, Marinos Diamantides, Allen Feldman, Stanley Fish, Pierre Legrand, Bernadette Meyler, Michel Rosenfeld, Bernhard Schlink, Jeanne Schroeder, Laurent de Sutter, Katrin Trüstedt, Marco Wan

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. Derrida’s Legal Times: Decision, Declaration, Deferral, and Event
Bernadette Meyler | 147

7. Derrida’s Shylock: The Letter and the Life of Law
Katrin Trüstedt | 168

III The Justice of Administration

8. A Postmodern Hetoimasia—Feigning Sovereignty during the State of Exception
Marinos Diamantides | 189

9. Contra Iurem: Giorgio Agamben’s 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

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.

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