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Michael Stolleis: The Eye of the Law: Two Essays on Legal History

Birkbeck Law Press, 2009, 96 p, ISBN: 978-0-415-47274-6

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    Kantorowicz indirectly critiques Schmitt and reinvigorates the notion of political theology. The erudition of this text and its fusing of literature, art, religion and law is a spring board for much interdisciplinary legal scholarship.

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    From a Lacanian perspective Mitchell sees that some symbolic images act as the father figure, which authorise and command the viewer, like the image of a God, for example [10].

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    Starobinksi argues that Reason was the new “idol” for the “solar myth” of sovereignty.

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    Apostolides argues that the effigy of the king was directly replaced by the allegories of Liberty, Fraternity and Equality and other abstractions of legal philosophy [21]. As Ribner points out too, as early as 1793 there was a conscious decision to replace the images of monarchical authority as opposed to mere iconoclasm. An example apt here is France’s Constitution which was treated as a cult object, enclosed in a cedar ark during the Festival of Unity and Indivisibility, August 10 1793 [22].


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Watts, O. Michael Stolleis: The Eye of the Law: Two Essays on Legal History. Int J Semiot Law 25, 439–444 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11196-011-9249-2

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