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This paper turns to the thought of Yan Thomas to address the way of constructing categories and operating through them that is typical of law. The art of law displays a special quality: the reduction of the ‘things’ of the social world through the construction of categories, and the use of these same categories to conduct legal operations. The paper argues that the quintessential legal performance is instituting, and it finally asks how to exercise a legal imagination for Gaia.
Keywords: Thomas; Yan; Instituting; Nature; Case law; Abstraction; Legal imagination; Gaia; Judge-made law
Title
Law Is Other Wor(l)ds
Author(s)
Xenia Chiaramonte
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This paper turns to the thought of Yan Thomas to address the way of constructing categories and operating through them that is typical of law. The art of law displays a special quality: the reduction of the ‘things’ of the social world through the construction of categories, and the use of these same categories to conduct legal operations. The paper argues that the quintessential legal performance is instituting, and it finally asks how to exercise a legal imagination for Gaia.
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Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
11 October 2022
Subject
Thomas
Yan
Instituting
Nature
Case law
Abstraction
Legal imagination
Gaia
Judge-made law
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en-GB
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227
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250
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The Case for Reduction, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Jakob Schillinger, Cultural Inquiry, 25 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 227–50

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Cite as: Xenia Chiaramonte, ‘Law Is Other Wor(l)ds’, in The Case for Reduction, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Jakob Schillinger, Cultural Inquiry, 25 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 227-50 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-25_12>