The Semiotics of Law in Legal Education

Signs In Law - A Source Book

The Semiotics of Law in Legal Education III

Editors: Broekman, Jan, Catà Backer, Larry (Eds.)

  • The first volume to offer texts and commentary on the meaning of signs in law
  • Provides a structure for understanding the significance of signs in law and social sciences
  • Provides insights as to why reading is a phenomenon filled with signs, a resource of signification ready to be articulated​
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This volume provides a critical roadmap through the major historical sources of legal semiotics as we know them today. The history of legal semiotics, now at least a century old, has never been written (a non-event itself pregnant with semiotic possibility).  As a consequence, its sources are seldom clearly exposed and, as word, object and meaning change, are sometimes lost. They reach from an English translation of the 1916 inaugural lecture of the first Chair in Legal Significs at the Amsterdam University, via mid 20th century studies on “property” or “contract,” to equally fascinating essays on contemporary semiotic problems produced by former students of the Roberta Kevelson Semiotics Roundtable Seminar at Penn State University 2012 and 2013. Together, the materials in this book weave the fabric of semiotics and significs, two names for the unfolding of semiotics in law and legal discourse at least until the second half of the 20th century, and both of which covered a lawyer’s focus on sign and meaning in law.  The latter is embedded within the cultural imperatives of the civilization that gave these terms meaning and made them an effective tool for the dissection of law, its reconstitution as an instrument to be used by the lawyer to advance the interests of her clients, and for judges as a means to restructure language as a narrative of law whose power could bend behavior to its strictures. Legal semiotics has become an indispensible part of the elite lawyer’s toolkit and a fundamental approach to analysis of legal texts. Two previous volumes published in 2011 and 2012 explored the conceptual, methodological and epistemological progress in the field of legal semiotics, the modern forms of semiotics study, and the mechanics of meaning making processes by lawyers. Yet the great lessons of semiotics requires a focus on the origins of the concepts and frameworks that would become contemporary legal semiotics, its origins as an object of the consciousness of meaning making—one whose roots, as lessons for the oracular conversations of law, are expanded in this volume.

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Table of contents (35 chapters)

  • Reading Semiotics

    Broekman, Jan M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-20

  • Eco and the Text of the Communist Manifesto

    Broekman, Jan M. (et al.)

    Pages 21-24

  • Origins and Effects of Legal Significs

    Broekman, Jan M. (et al.)

    Pages 27-30

  • “Word-Value” and “The ‘I’”

    Eeden, Frederik

    Pages 31-39

  • Significs (1953); Significs and Philosophy (1922)

    Mannoury, Gerrit

    Pages 41-42

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Signs In Law - A Source Book
Book Subtitle
The Semiotics of Law in Legal Education III
Editors
  • Jan Broekman
  • Larry Catà Backer
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-09837-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-09837-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-09836-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34318-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 431
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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