Hannah Arendt and the Law (Law and Practical Reason)

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9781849464970: Hannah Arendt and the Law (Law and Practical Reason)

Now available in paperback, this book fills a major gap in the ever-increasing secondary literature on Hannah Arendt's political thought by providing a dedicated and coherent treatment of the many, various, and interesting things which Arendt had to say about law. Often obscured by more pressing or more controversial aspects of her work, Arendt nonetheless had interesting insights into Greek and Roman concepts of law, human rights, constitutional design, legislation, sovereignty, international tribunals, judicial review, and much more. The book retrieves these aspects of her legal philosophy, bringing together lawyers, as well as Arendt scholars, drawn from a range of disciplines (philosophy, political science, international relations, etc.), who have engaged in an internal debate, the dynamism of which is captured in print. Hannah Arendt and the Law is split into four sections: Part I explores the concept of law in Arendt's thought * Part II explores the legal aspects of Arendt's constitutional thought, first locating Arendt in the wider tradition of republican constitutionalism before turning attention to the role of courts and the role of parliament in her constitutional design * Part III explores Arendt's thought on international law from a variety of perspectives, covering international institutions, international criminal law, as well as the theoretical foundations of international law * Part IV debates the foundations, content, and meaning of Arendt's famous and influential claim that the 'right to have rights' is the one true human right. (Series: Law and Practical Reason - Vol. 4)

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About the Author:

Marco Goldoni is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values of the University of Antwerp. Christopher McCorkindale is a lecturer in law at the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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...the more striking and radical achievement of Hannah Arendt and the Law is its success as a representational text that gathers together Arendt's insights about law for close reading and which, in carrying out this task, reverses her question about the role of law in politics.

...the more remarkable and unintended effect of the essays is to welcome Arendt into the fold of legal studies and not the reverse accomplishment that would have been to admit disciplinary differences while accepting that she sometimes relates to law by commenting on it. That is, these texts innovate not simply by extending the secondary literature about Arendt but by using Arendt in order to reorientate and extend legal theory, particularly where such theory looks to understand the political consequences of law. (Deborah Whitehall Modern Law Review Volume 76, Number 4)

The question of a stable, permanent and free order became the very question at the heart of Arendt' s political thinking and it is (...) thanks to Marco Goldoni's and Christopher McCorkindale's volume that this perspective is brought back into the academic debate. (Christian Volk International Journal of Constitutional Law Volume 11, Number 1)

[This book] comprises many worthwhile contributions and benefits from the diverse academic backgrounds of the authors. One special treat are the comparisons and correlations drawn between Arendt and other scholars, both contemporaries and successors. In summary, the volume not only provides for an entertaining reading but also enables us to learn much more than Arendt's legal thought. (Dana Schmalz Verfassung und Recht in Übersee Volume 1)

...an important addition both to the growing literature on Arendt and to socio-legal scholarship more generally. (Alison Christou Griffith Law Review, Volume 22, Number 1)

This volume as one of the first to bring together many of her ideas on law in one volume is a timely contribution to Arendtian scholarship and provides material for those interested mainly in Arendt as well as for those mainly interested in law and legal theory. It could be particularly useful to introduce students to the work of Hannah Arendt. (Karin van Marle Feminist Legal Studies)

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