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Link Roundup, The Mishnah Alone

July 29th, 2011

Can (should) the Mishnah be understood without the Talmud? (via Jewish Ideas Daily)

Link Roundup, Love and Hegel

July 28th, 2011

Pravin Jeyaraj has posted Philosophy of Love: Hegel, Christianity and Environmental Law to SSRN. From the abstract:

Much Christian opposition to Hegel's philosophy is based on the perception the dialectic supports cultural relativism and the idea that opposing truths can both be valid. This is a narrow interpretation of the dialectic and knowledge and that, more broadly, it reflects the contradictions and interdependence that exists between individual entities. This paper argues that the contradictory interdependence of Hegel's dialectic has its roots in Christian thought and Hegel's earlier theological writings. The paper then goes to suggest how this Christian Hegel could be helpful in developing a model for environmental law research.

Link Roundup, The Secular State

July 27th, 2011

Over at Mirror of Justice and Religious Left Law, a debate is currently raging as to whether a state can be secular without being secularist.

Link Roundup, A System of Norms

July 26th, 2011

Giulio Itzcovich (University of Brescia) has posted Under What Conditions Can We Speak of the Law as a System of Norms? to SSRN. From the abstract:

The article addresses three distinct, although related, questions: 1. A theoretical question: is the law a system of norms? 2. A question about the method of legal science: at what conditions is it convenient to speak of the law as being a system of norms? 3. A question of sociology of law and history of legal thought: what cultural and institutional conditions made it possible to speak of the law as a normative system?

Link Roundup, Constitutional Redemption

July 21st, 2011

Concurring Opinions is hosting an online symposium regarding Jack Balkin's new book (soon to be reviewed in these pages) Constitutional Redemption. The symposium, featuring a cast of constitutional all-stars, will take place from August 1-4. For more information, see here.

Link Roundup, The Divine Foundation of Human Rights?

July 20th, 2011

Over at Mirror of Justice, a discussion is currently underway regarding the possible divine foundation of human rights, with a focus on Ronald Dworkin's new book (soon to be reviewed in these pages) Justice for Hedgehogs.

Link Roundup, Remembering History

July 19th, 2011

Seán Patrick Donlan (University of Limerick) has posted Remembering: Legal Hybridity and Legal History to SSRN. From the abstract:

An interest in contemporary, comparative legal and normative hybridity, or, "legal pluralism," around the globe has become increasingly common. But the hybridity of our own Western past, and the significance of this fact, is too often ignored.As part of a wider project on, "hybridity and diffusion," the mixtures and movements of state law and other norms, this article contributes to the process of ‘remembering’ this past. It does so to better prepare comparatists for the challenges of the present.

Link Roundup, Realist Deconstruction of Formal Legal Categories

July 19th, 2011

The Legal Theory Blog explains the realist deconstruction of formalist legal categories.

Link Roundup, The Good Life

July 14th, 2011

Can the study of the Bible lead to the philosophical Good Life? (via Jewish Ideas Daily)

Link Roundup, Pragmatism

July 13th, 2011

The Legal Theory Blog tackles pragmatism.