Sensing the Nation's Law

Historical Inquiries into the Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy

  • Stefan Huygebaert
  • Angela Condello
  • Sarah Marusek
  • Mark Antaki

Part of the Studies in the History of Law and Justice book series (SHLJ, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mark Antaki, Angela Condello, Stefan Huygebaert, Sarah Marusek
    Pages 1-8
  3. Revolution, Constitution, Republic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Oliver Watts
      Pages 85-114
  4. The Aesthetic Constitution of Office

  5. Untimely Reflections on the Nation’s Law

  6. Out of Many, One

  7. Consensus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Angela Condello
      Pages 265-284

About this book


This book examines  how the nation – and its (fundamental) law – are ‘sensed’ by way of various aesthetic forms from the age of revolution up until our age of contested democratic legitimacy. Contemporary democratic legitimacy is tied, among other things, to consent, to representation, to the identity of ruler and ruled, and, of course, to legality and the legal forms through which democracy is structured. This book expands the ways in which we can understand and appreciate democratic legitimacy. If (democratic) communities are “imagined” this book suggests that their “rightfulness” must be “sensed” – analogously to the need for justice not only to be done, but to be seen to be done. This book brings together legal, historical and philosophical perspectives on the representation and iconography of the nation in the European, North American and Australian contexts from contributors in law, political science, history, art history and philosophy. 


Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy Constitutional History Courbet and the Artist as Legal Advisor Decisive Constitutional Moment’ French National Symbols In God We Trust Juridico-political Perspective Justice in the Italian Court of Cassation Kant’s Aesthetics to Lyotard’s Enthusiasm Legal Advisor The Iconography of Justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Huygebaert
    • 1
  • Angela Condello
    • 2
  • Sarah Marusek
    • 3
  • Mark Antaki
    • 4
  1. 1.Ghent Legal History InstituteGhent University GentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of LawUniversity of Roma Tre Department of Law00154 Roma RMItaly
  3. 3.Political Science DepartmentUniversity of Hawai'i HiloHiloUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of LawMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75495-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75497-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9842
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9850
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