Representation and authority: investigations into the philosophy of law

Project: Research project


The focal thesis to be falsified is: the politico-theoretical meaning of `representation' (namely,
making the absent present by substitution) has become congruent with the epistemological meaning of `representation' (namely, affirming the presence of the present by depiction), because and to the extent that the present is thought to be available. This congruence has important implication for our idea of authority. The question is how much of our legal theory and practice is tied up with this presupposed, thick congruency, or, conversely, to what extent it can escape and form the source of a critique of representationalism.
Effective start/end date1/01/9731/12/99