This volume addresses judgment and interpretation as a central concern within the field of law, literature and humanities. It is not only a study of law as praxis that combines academic legal theory with judicial practice, but proposes both as central to humanistic jurisprudence and as a training in the conduct of public life. Drawing extensively on philosophical and legal scholarship and through analysis of literary works, Gaakeer proposes a perspective on law as part of the humanities that will inspire legal professionals, scholars and advanced students of law alike.

Key features:

  • Focuses on the importance of judging for the humanities
  • Combines legal theory and legal practice to show the importance of the bond of theory and practice in law and legal theory
  • Incorporates the findings of philosophical hermeneutics and narratology for our continued thought on the position of law and literature, and law and the humanities as interdisciplinary movements
  • Creates philosophical–hermeneutical building blocks for a methodology for the humanistic study of law as praxis
  • Reflects on interdisciplinarity in legal studies against a backdrop of the tension between the natural sciences and the humanities

Literary case studies include:

  • Gustave Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pécuchet
  • Robert Musil’s The Man without Qualities
  • Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg’s asylum poems
  • Pat Barker’s Regeneration
  • John Coetzee’s Disgrace
  • Ian McEwan’s The Children Act
  • Michel Houellebecq’s Atomised
  • Juli Zeh’s The Method




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