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Flux, Complexity, and Illusion

Sixth Round Table on Law and Semiotics


Roberta Kevelson

The Sixth International Round Table on Law and Semiotics, sponsored and organized by The Center for Semiotic Research in Law, Government and Economics, convened April 29, 30, May 1, 2, 1992, at Penn State-Berks. Under the general topic, Flux, Complexity, Illusion, special sessions on the following topics resulted in this wide-ranging collection of papers: Legal Semiotics Theory; Law and Literature; Law and Economics: Intertexts in Legal Semiotics; Codification, Custom and Legal Norms. These papers represent interdisciplinary inquiry that explores the assumptions that a) law is a complex sign-system which dialogically interacts with other social organizations; b) law is an indeterminate and open-ended concept in both theory and practice that contributes to the process of creating and affirming social values; and c) all sign-systems are self-correcting and self-directing.