Meaning in the Natural World

Chapter 8 in Living in a Law Transformed: Encounters with the Works of James Boyd White, eds. Julen Etxabe and Gary Watt (Ann Arbor: Maize Books, 2014)

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 13-006

U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 326

12 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2013 Last revised: 5 Jun 2015

Joseph Vining

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: May 23, 2013

Abstract

James Boyd White devoted much of his work to the rescue of meaning in language, art, and the human world. A turn to the natural world may underscore his confidence that an individual's statement of law can be more than a disguised expression of individual will and desire. This essay may also suggest one more way toward hope that a realistic sense of the natural world need not threaten confidence in the reality of beauty and meaning in our human world.

Keywords: naturalism, interpretation, hermeneutics, meaning, bureaucratization, legislation, art, music, public choice theory

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Vining, Joseph, Meaning in the Natural World (May 23, 2013). Chapter 8 in Living in a Law Transformed: Encounters with the Works of James Boyd White, eds. Julen Etxabe and Gary Watt (Ann Arbor: Maize Books, 2014); U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 13-006; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 326. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2253310 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2253310

Joseph Vining (Contact Author)

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States

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