Narrative and the Origins of Law
Law & the Humanities 5(1) 2011
12 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2016
Date Written: May 1, 2011
This Essay considers how social contract narratives about the genesis and development of legal orders share certain characteristics. Using the tools of narratology developed in literary theory, we show how these social contract narratives become recognizable not only as a genre but also as a kind of legal-political super-narrative that works to legitimize legal and constitutional ordering.
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