Title Administering Interpretation
Subtitle Derrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law
Author Peter Goodrich, Michel Rosenfeld
ISBN 9780823283781
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 352
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Fordham University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“The essays in this timely and provocative volume are concerned with the shaping of law’s interpretive spaces and with the temporal and spatial management of law towards the possibility for justice. With new and important perspectives on the significance of Derrida and Agamben for legal critique, Administering Interpretation will be welcomed across the disciplines by scholars interested in legal theory, politics, and interpretive practice.”

Bradin Cormack, Princeton University


This collection is a cumulative and powerful display of the possibilities inherent in continental philosophy for the work of legal interpretation. Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld underline to important effect the woeful marginality of critical jurisprudence and critical legal interpretation in the contemporary U.S. legal academy, in contrast to transoceanic points of comparison. The collection itself is an effective advertisement for the absurdity of that marginality.

Christopher Tomlins, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law


Populism in politics and policy orientations in law have thrown the jurisdiction of the academy and the disciplines of interpretation into disarray. Critique flounders in abstraction and negativity, law loses itself in particularity. Administering Interpretation brings together philosophers, humanists, and jurists from both continental and Anglophone jurisdictions to reassess the status and trajectory of interpretative theory as applied in the art of law. Tracking the thread of philosophical influences upon the community of legal interpretation, the essays move from the translation and wake of Derrida to the work of Agamben, from deconstruction to oikononmia. Sharing roots in the philological excavation of the political theology of modern law, contributors assess the failure of secularism and the continuing theological borrowings of juridical interpretation. The book brings contemporary critique to bear upon the interpretative apparatuses of exclusion, the law of spectacular sovereignty, and the bodies that lie in its wake.


Introduction (Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld)


Part I. Reconstructing Interpretative Communities

Chapter 1. Interpretations as Hypotheses (Bernhard Schlink)

Chapter 2. Antonin Scalia, Bernhard Schlink, and Lancelot Andrewes: Reading Heller (Stanley Fish)

Chapter 3. The Interpreter, the Analyst, and the Scientist (Jeanne L. Schroeder)

Chapter 4. Law against Justice and Solidarity: Rereading Derrida and Agamben at the Margins of the One and the Many (Michel Rosenfeld)


Part II. Derrida and Dissimulation

Chapter 5. Jacques Derrida Never Wrote about Law (Pierre Legrand)

Chapter 6. Derrida’s Legal Times: Decision, Declaration, Deferral, and Event (Bernadette Meyler)

Chapter 7. Derrida’s Shylock: The Letter and the Life of Law (Katrin Trüstedt)


Part III. The Justice of Administration

Chapter 8. A Postmodern Hetoimasia—Feigning Sovereignty during the State of Exception (Marinos Diamantides)

Chapter 9. Contra Iurem: Giorgio Agamben’s Two Ontologies (Laurent de Sutter)

Part IV. CounterPlaces, CounterTimes

Chapter 10. Cities of Refuge, Rebel Cities, and the City to Come (Giovanna Borradori)

Chapter 11. A Ghost Story: Electoral Reform and Hong Kong Popular Theater (Marco Wan)

Chapter 12. Appearing under Erasure: Of War, Disappearance, and the Contretemps (Allen Feldman)


List of Contributors


About the Editors:

Peter Goodrich is Professor of Law and Director of the Program of Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law.

Michel Rosenfeld is University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy and Justice.

Target Audience:

This book is a must-read for people interested in law, philosophy and political science.


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