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- DescriptionThe first extended study of Bru Latour's legal theory, this book presents a critical reconstruction of the whole of Latour's oeuvre to date, from Laboratory Life to An Inquiry into the Modes of Existence. Based on the powerful insights into rmative effects that actor-network theory makes possible, the book advances a new theory of legal rmativity and the force of law, rethinking Latour's work on techlogy, the image, and referential scientific inscriptions, among others, and placing them within the ambit of legality. The book also captures and deepens the contrast between the modern legal institution and the value of law as a mode of existence, and provides a fulsome theoretical account of legal veridiction. Throughout, Latour's thought is put into dialogue with important progenitors and adversaries as well as historical and contemporary strands of legal and political philosophy. But the thread of legality is t confined to Latour's reflections on the making of law; rather, it cuts through the whole of his highly diverse body of work. The empire of monaturalism augured by modern philosophies of science is thoroughly juridical; as such, the actor-network theory that promises to undo that empire by freeing the value of the sciences from its epistemological clutches is unthinkable without the device of the trial and the descriptive semiotics of rmativity that sustain ANT. The democratization of the sciences and the vibrancy of ecologized politics that become possible once the bifurcation of nature into essential primary and disposable secondary qualities is disabled, and once the 'modern Constitution' is called into doubt, also have important legal dimensions that have gone largely unexamined. Bru Latour: The Normativity of Networks remedies this and other omissions, evaluating Latour's thought about law while carrying it in striking new directions. This book introduces legal scholars and students to the thought of the philosopher and sociologist Bru Latour, whilst also presenting a critical analysis of his work in and around law. This interdisciplinary study will be of interest to those researching in Law, Philosophy, and Sociology.
- Author BiographyKyle McGee practises law in the U.S.
- Author(s)Kyle McGee
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication07/10/2013
- SubjectLaw: General & Reference
- Series TitleNomikoi Critical Legal Thinkers
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine23 mm
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