In the Cause of Justice: Reflections on Robert Cover's Turn Toward Narrative

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Howard J. Vogel

Hamline University - School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 1989

Abstract

This is a reflection on Robert Cover's contribution to the idea of law as a form of narrative practice. In the course of this reflection, the author draws parallels between Robert Cover and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Cover’s work, with special attention on his discussion of "Nomos and Narrative," is analyzed, including its connection to law as embedded in social context with ethical and religious dimensions. The author explores Cover’s unique view – one free from constrained objectivity and one in which narrative – shown through people and experiences – can influence legal scholarship.

Keywords: Narrative, Nomos, Nomos and Narrative, Bonhoeffer, Cover

JEL Classification: K00, K4, I2

Suggested Citation

Vogel, Howard J., In the Cause of Justice: Reflections on Robert Cover's Turn Toward Narrative (January 1, 1989). Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 7, p. 173, 1989. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1929583

Howard J. Vogel (Contact Author)

Hamline University - School of Law ( email )

1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States

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