Date: 04 Feb 2009

Derrida and Legal Scholarship: a Certain Step Beyond

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Introduction

Derrida and Legal Philosophy follows in the footsteps of only a few other collections which have thus far focused on Derrida’s relation to law. These include the Cardozo Law Review of 1990 [1] which contained the papers of the October 1989 Cardozo Law School conference with the theme ‘Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice’ and which also included Derrida’s paper ‘Force of Law: The “Mystical Foundation of Authority”. Some of these papers were subsequently published in 1992 in Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice [2]. After Derrida’s death, a conference was again organised, this time by Anselm Haverkamp and Peter Goodrich, at the Cardozo Law School in February 2005 with the theme ‘Derrida/America: The Present State of America’s Europe’ with the papers published in the Cardozo Law Review of 2005 [3]. In the same year, the German Law Journal published a number of essays on Derrida under the editorship of Florian Hoffmann and Cornelia Vismann [4]. The present co