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Demythologizing Law

Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 3, p. 167, 1985

11 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011  

Date Written: May 1, 1985


In Milner Ball’s “Law Natural: Its Family of Metaphors and its Theology,” Ball depicts law through a complex series of metaphors. This article is a response to Ball’s theory of law as metaphor, taking the analysis of metaphor one level deeper by deconstructing the “mythology” created by the system of metaphors. Through this deconstruction, this article examines whether the concept of law as metaphor sheds further light on the nature of law.

Keywords: milner ball theology law and religion religious legal mythology

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Alexander, Frank S., Demythologizing Law (May 1, 1985). Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 3, p. 167, 1985. Available at SSRN:

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