Revolutions, Institutions, Law brings together scholars representing a wide range of academic disciplines to examine and discuss the role of law as mediator between social revolutions of all kinds and ideally stable social institutions. Semiotics is the point of view and referent theory that binds contributors into common focus on this triadic, dynamic interplay. From this perspective law-as-mediator is transformed no less than the forces of revolution on the one hand, and the forces of institutional stability on the other hand.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1998. 275 pp.
Contents: Joel Levin: Revolutions, Institutions, Law: An Overview - Keith Barbera: Simon Schama and the Death of Certainty
- Denis Brion: The Semiosis of Liberty - Adrian Howe: Fictioning Truths in Aboriginal Land Claims in Australia - A Semiotics
of the Mabo Case - Roberta Kevelson: Law's Revolution: Negation, and Property as Institution - Joel Levin: The Metaphysics
of Contracts - Dragan Milovanovic: Lacan, Peirce and the Three Orders in Law: From Reification to Liberatory Semiotic Transpraxis
- Robert Moffat: Cloning Hysteria: Can We Accept a Revolutionary Role for Science in the Human Future - Charles Pearson: Is
the Law a Sign, or a Sign Process? - William Pencak: Is a Fair Trial Possible? The Collapse of the Jury System in Revolutionary
America - Bruce Rockwood: Communication and Self-Governance: Is Democracy Possible? Martha Buell Scott: We, the People: Revolution
and Authorial Identity - Wouter Werner: Valid White Lies, the European Court of Justice and Human Rights.