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)
12 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2013 Last revised: 5 Jun 2015
Date Written: May 23, 2013
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
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