Critical Autopoiesis: The Environment of the Law

LAW'S ENVIRONMENT: CRITICAL LEGAL PERSPECTIVES, Bald de Vries, Lyana Francot, eds., Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, Netherlands, 2011

U. of Westminster School of Law Research Paper No. 11-17

19 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2011

See all articles by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

University of Westminster, Westminster Law & Theory Centre

Date Written: December 5, 2011

Abstract

Law and Environment enter a connection of disrupted continuum. The recent 'turns' in law towards materiality, spatiality, corporeality, disconnect the usual distance between law and its environment and enhance the visibility of materiality continuum between the two. Law is no longer abstract but spatially emplaced, corporeally felt, materially present. The environment, be it in the form of human/non-human bodies, technology, weather phenomena, and the wider, open ecology of material presence, destabilises the system, rendering it more precarious and more distant from its usual self-description.

Building on Luhmann's theory of autopoiesis, I present my reading of what I call Critical Autopoiesis, namely the autopoietics of materiality, spatiality and corporeality as they emerge from contemporary legal theory. I am employing Deleuze and Guattari in connection to Luhmann in order to multiply and indeed fractally explode the Luhmannian boundaries between law and its environment.

Keywords: Critical Autopoiesis, Space, Body, Law, Environment, Materiality, Deleuze, Luhmann

JEL Classification: K40, K49, Z00

Suggested Citation

Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas, Critical Autopoiesis: The Environment of the Law (December 5, 2011). LAW'S ENVIRONMENT: CRITICAL LEGAL PERSPECTIVES, Bald de Vries, Lyana Francot, eds., Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, Netherlands, 2011; U. of Westminster School of Law Research Paper No. 11-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1968385

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Contact Author)

University of Westminster, Westminster Law & Theory Centre ( email )

School of Law, University of Westminster
4-12 Little Titchfield Street
London, W1W7UW
United Kingdom

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