Law, Love and Freedom

From the Sacred to the Secular
 
 
Cambridge University Press
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  • 219 Seiten
978-1-108-44662-4 (ISBN)
 
This book relates our most important mode of social organization, law, to two of our most cherished values, love and freedom. It sketches the moral vision that underlies our modern legal order. This book speaks to lawyers, philosophers, theologians and historians, who are interested in law as a humanistic discipline.
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Joshua Neoh is a tenured faculty member at the law school of the Australian National University, Canberra (ANU). He completed his LL.B. at the ANU, LL.M. at Yale University, Connecticut, and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, and held visiting research positions at Harvard University and the University of Oxford. He is committed to an interdisciplinary study of law, and he has published in the fields of law and religion, law and literature, law and culture, law and philosophy, and law and the humanities.
Introduction; 1. Cosmological beginning, eschatological end; 2. Conceptual bipolarities; 3. Methodological turn to historical narrative; 4. Prior narrative: from monasticism to constitutionalism; 5. Counter narrative: from antinomianism to anarchism; 6. Value pluralism and the search for coherence; Conclusion.
'Neoh's work is characterised by the successful weaving of different sources or even genres. It is comfortable with analytical jurisprudence and biblical commentary; it moves between conceptual analysis and narrative. For some, this will no doubt appear to be strange - what do Athens and Jerusalem have to say to one another? But the connections are fertile and revealing ... Neoh has provided us with a rich, stimulating, provocative, and insightful book to guide us through questions both ancient and contemporary.' Joel Harrison, Jurisprudence 'The political and legal implications of Taylor's (admittedly sometimes elusive) account of modernity are still being spelled out, and Neoh's book is a welcome effort in that regard. Notwithstanding the reservations voiced along the way above, academic books often aim too narrowly and so it is a welcome change to review a book that aims so broadly.' Michael P. Moreland, The American Journal of Jurisprudence 'This is bold and vigorous work, which in broad strokes seeks to capture the central elements of European legal culture. It surveys a remarkably broad sweep of literature and in doing so captures well the ambivalence we feel about law.' Julian Rivers, Cambridge Law Journal

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