The Aesthetics of American Law
University of Colorado Law School
Harvard Law Review, Vol. 115, 2002
U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-08
Before the ethical dreams and political ambitions of law can even be articulated, let alone realized, the aesthetics of law have already shaped the medium within which those projects will have to do their work. This work attempts to retrieve and expose those recurrent forms that shape the creation, apprehension, and identity of law. What is at stake is an attempt to reveal the aesthetics within which American law is cast. The point is not simply to appreciate these aesthetics, but to understand how "substantive" conflicts in law are often motivated, sustained and circumscribed by the aesthetics through which they are manifested.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 73
Keywords: jurisprudence, aesthetics of law
JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 2, 2007
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