Administering InterpretationDerrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law

Administering InterpretationDerrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law

Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld

Print publication date: 2020

ISBN: 9780823283798

Publisher: Fordham University Press


Populism in politics and policy orientations in law have thrown the jurisdiction of the academy and the disciplines of interpretation into disarray. Critique flounders in abstraction and negativity, law loses itself in particularity. Administering Interpretation brings together philosophers, humanists, and jurists from both continental and anglophone jurisdictions to reassess the status and trajectory of interpretative theory as applied in the art of law. Tracking the thread of philosophical influences upon the community of legal interpretation, both reception and resistance, the essays move from the translation and wake of Derrida to the work of Agamben, from deconstruction to oikononmia. Sharing roots in the philological excavation of the political theology of modern law, contributors assess the failure of secularism and the continuing theological borrowings of juridical interpretation. Contemporary critique is brought to bear upon the interpretative apparatuses of exclusion, the law of spectacular sovereignty, and the bodies that lie in its wake.

Table of Contents

Front Matter


Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld

I Reconstructing Interpretative Communities

II Derrida and Dissimulation

6 Derrida’s Legal Times

Bernadette Meyler

7 Derrida’s Shylock

Katrin Trüstedt

III The Justice of Administration

9 Contra Iurem

Laurent de Sutter

IV CounterPlaces, CounterTimes

11 A Ghost Story

Marco Wan