The essays in this volume reflect several important and widely-discussed issues in legal theory. One set of issues may be characterized as legal hermeneutics, a consideration of the practices governing the retrieval and determination of meaning from legal lexts and in legal contexts. Related issues arise from the use of literature and literary criticism to enhance an understanding of law and from the study of legal rhetoric.
Part 1 Law as expression: thinking about our language, James Boyd White
Babel - a She'ur, Richard Hyland
law as rhetoric, rhetoric as law - the arts of cultural and communal life, James Boyd White. Part 2 Law and literature - finding meaning: linguistic indeterminacy, Timothy A.O. Endicott
law and literature, Sanford Levinson
the hermeneutics file, Thomas Grey
interpreting the law - hermeneutical and poststructuralist perspectives, David Hoy
transcendental deconstruction, transcendent justice, J.M. Balkin
force, Stanley Fish. Part 3 The law of language: morals and the constitution - obscenity, Louis Henkin
pornography as defamation and discrimination, Catharine A. MacKinnon
pornography and the first amendment - a reply to Professor MacKinnon, Thomas Emerson
cultural heterogeneity and law - pornography, blasphemy and the first amendment, Robert Post.