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Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merill Umphrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804790819

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804790819.001.0001

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Law and the Utopian Imagination: An Introduction

Law and the Utopian Imagination: An Introduction

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Law and the Utopian Imagination

Lawrence Douglas

Austin Sarat

Martha Merrill Umphrey

Stanford University Press

The introduction explains the purpose of this volume as a project of exploration and resuscitation of the notion of utopianism within legal discourse. Instead of mapping out the contours of a familiar terrain, the contributors seek to explore the possibilities of a productive engagement between the utopian and the legal imagination. They will attempt to answer questions such as: Is it possible to re-imagine or revitalize the concept of utopia such that it can survive the terms of the mid-century liberal critique? Alternatively, is it possible to re-imagine the concept of utopia and the theory of liberal legality so as to dissolve the apparent antagonism between the two? In charting possible answers to these questions, the introduction to this volume expresses the editors’ hope to revive interest in a vital topic of inquiry too long neglected by both social thinkers and legal scholars.

Keywords:   Law, Utopia, Heidegger, Blade Runner, Cotton Mather, Kant, Legal Discourse, Thomas More, B.F. Skinner, Walter Benjamin

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