By Sandra Day O'Connor

ISBN-10: 0307432416

ISBN-13: 9780307432414

During this impressive publication, a countrywide bestseller in hardcover, Sandra Day O’Connor explores the legislation, her lifestyles as a best court docket Justice, and the way the courtroom has developed and maintains to operate, develop, and alter as an American establishment. Tracing many of the origins of yank legislation via background, humans, rules, and landmark circumstances, O’Connor sheds new mild at the fundamentals, searching through own commentary the evolution of the court docket and American democratic traditions. Straight-talking, clear-eyed, inspiring, The Majesty of the Law is greater than a mirrored image on O’Connor’s personal studies because the first lady Justice of the splendid courtroom; it additionally unearths many of the issues she has discovered and believes approximately American legislation and life—reflections gleaned over her years as essentially the most strong and encouraging girls in American historical past.

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Yet the specificity of law, in its jurisprudential sense, does add something to an understanding of Rose’s work – not only a tradition of disciplinary scholarship (jurisprudence) but also a very practical world of courts and lawyers and judges to serve as data for analysis. How does the immodest version of positive law jurisprudence succeed in addressing the question of right when the modest version fails? In the immodest version, the question of right is no longer given over to the realm of morals because there is no realm of morals, there is only the realm of (broadly understood) law.

It is my contention that Rose’s project is still unique. The generation of philosophers working in the Continental tradition after poststructuralism continues to provide inadequate answers to the Kantian question of right. The jurisprudential idiom remains a potent tool to identify the inadequacies of such thought. It offers a means of critiquing both theories of transcendence and theories of immanence, leaving no stone unturned in its spirited engagement with the world of law. 2 On Dualism For an immodest jurisprudence, there is nothing beyond social norms, nothing beyond law.

It sounds as if Rose has located a New Jerusalem, a gated community founded on faith and set apart from the ‘arbitrary violence’ of the world. ’ In such a suspension (Abraham’s witness and the master–slave dialectic in Hegel’s Phenomenology are Rose’s examples), the world is fixed in time, but just for an imperceptible moment. The suspension of the ethical is a narrative device, a way of telling a story. The effect that the use of this device has is pedagogical. Hegel and Kierkegaard ‘are able to bring .

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