Friday, December 19, 2008

Law and the Humanities. Law and Literature. Canada


Logan Atkinson- Diana Majury (eds.),
Law, mystery, and the humanities: collected essays,
University of Toronto Press, 2008, 352 pp.
ISBN-10: 080209001X
ISBN-13: 978-0802090010



The trans-disciplinary study of law and the humanities is becoming a more widespread focus among scholars from a range of disciplines. Complementary in several major ways, concepts and theories of law can be used to formulate fresh ideas about the humanities, and vice versa. Law, Mystery, and the Humanities, a collection of essays by leading scholars, is based on the hypothesis that law has significant contributions to make to ongoing discussions of philosophical issues recurrent in the humanities.
The philosophical issues in question include the role of rationality in human experience, the problem of dissent, the persistence of suffering, and the possibility of transcendence. In each of these areas, law is used to add complexity and offer divergent perspectives, thus moving important questions in the humanities forward by introducing the possibility of alternative analysis. Ranging from discussions of detective fiction, Chomsky's universal grammar, the poetry of Margaret Atwood, the Great Plague of London, and more, Law, Mystery, and the Humanities offers a unique examination of trans-disciplinary potential.

Contents
Points of convergence: law, mystery, and the humanities / Diana Majury and Logan Atkinson Murder and mayhem in legal method: or, the Strange case of Sherlock Holmes v. Sam Spade / Neil C. Sargent
Analytic philosophy and the interpretation of constitutional rights / Sophia Moreau
Nature: from philosophy of science to legal theory ... and back? / Alain Papaux
Language and law as objects of scientific study / Remi Samson
I beg to differ: interdisciplinary questions about law, language, and dissent / Marie-Claire Belleau and Rebecca Johnson
Imagining sedition: law and the emerging public sphere in Upper Canada, c. 1798-1828 / Barry Wright
Human rights poetry as ethical tribunal: bodies and bystanders in Margaret Atwood's. Footnote to the Amnesty Report on Torture / Brenda Carr Vellino
Who do we blame for blame? Moving beyond the fiction of blame in The Sweet Hereafter / Diana Majury
'Our Woe... Our Great Distress': Law, Literature, and Suffering during the Great Plague of London, 1665 / Logan Atkinson
The strange gospel and a common law: the reconciling word to a fragmented world / M. H. Ogilvie
The Re-enchantment of the world? Max Weber, Ernst Troeltsch, and human rights / Clinton Timothy Curle.



Logan Atkinson is an associate professor in the Department of Law at Carleton University. Diana Majury is an associate professor in the Department of Law at Carleton University.

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