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A Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern LawFrom Sovereignty to Normalisation and Beyond$
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Jacopo Martire

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411929

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411929.001.0001

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An Outline for a Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern Law

An Outline for a Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern Law

(p.1) 1 An Outline for a Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern Law
A Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern Law

Jacopo Martire

Edinburgh University Press

In the first chapter, the author provides a picture of the current state of contemporary Foucauldian interpretations of law. The author claims that Foucauldian scholars – notwithstanding recent important contributions – have not been able to properly debunk the thesis that Foucault “expelled” law from the locus of power. The author proposes to overcome this impasse by considering law as a proper sui generis apparatus of subjectivation and by undertaking a geneaology of the modern discourse of law in order to discover its generative syntax. The author’s goal is to demonstrate that in developing towards its modern form, law moved from being an order based upon the paradigm of sovereign commands to one based on the paradigm of socially constructed norms (understood in a Foucauldian way). The author identifies the formal features of generality, abstraction, and the substantive features of equality and freedom as key for this purpose.

Keywords:   Expulsion thesis, Genealogy, Norm, Apparatus, Pastoral Power, Discipline, Governmentality

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