Europe in America: Grammatology, legal studies, and the politics of transmission

Peter Goodrich

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This Essay begins by analyzing the way American legal theory has failed to adequately address the challenges and insights of grammatology, the philological critique of the language of law initiated with Jacques Derrida's work Of Grammatology. Professor Goodrich traces the form that this failed confrontation took and then outlines how this philological critique ought to inform a study of law. Importantly for Professor Goodrich, the grammatological approach to law provides ways of analyzing not just the written legal text, but also the effects of new media technologies on the law more broadly. The changes in the law brought about by new technologies are something that traditional legal philosophies cannot adequately register and assess. The final portion of the Essay then outlines the form that a grammatological approach to studying "law in the videosphere" might take.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2033
Number of pages1
JournalColumbia Law Review
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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