Genealogies of Legal Vision

ISBN: 9780415749077

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It was the classical task of legal rhetoric to make law both seen and understood. These conjoint goals came to be separated and opposed in modernity and a degree of blindness ensued. Legal reason was increasingly deemed to be a purely textual enterprise. Against this constraint and in furtherance of an incipient visual turn in legal studies, Genealogies of Legal Vision seeks to revive the classical ars iuris and to this end traces the history of regimes of visual control. Law always relied in significant measure upon the use of visual representations, upon pictures, architecture, costume and statuary to convey authority and sovereign norm. Military, religious, administrative and legal insignia found juridical codification and expression in collections of signs of office, in heraldic codes, in genealogical devices, and then finally in the juridical invention in the mid-sixteenth century of the legal emblem book. Genealogies of Legal Vision traces the complex lineage of the legal emblem and argues that the mens emblematica of the humanist lawyers was the inauguration of a visiocratic regime that continues into the multiple new technologies and novel media of contemporary governance. Bringing together leading experts on the history and art of legal emblems this collection provides a ground-breaking account of the long relationship between visibility, meaning and normativity.

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Title:
Genealogies of Legal Vision
ISBN-10:
0415749077
ISBN-13:
9780415749077
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Publisher:
CRC Press
Published Date:
20150528
Binding
Hardback
Pages:
279
Language:
English
Product Dim.:
9.25 H x 6.25 W (inches)

Peter Goodrich is Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities and is author of Legal Emblems and the Art of Law (2013).

Valérie Hayaert is a researcher at the Fondation Bodmer, Cologny, Geneva and author of Mens emblematica et humanisme juridique (2008).

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Peter Goodrich is Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities and is author of Legal Emblems and the Art of Law (2013).



Valérie Hayaert is a researcher at the Fondation Bodmer, Cologny, Geneva and author of Mens emblematica et humanisme juridique (2008).

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