© 1988

The Law as a System of Signs


Part of the Topics in Contemporary Semiotics book series (TICSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction to Legal Semiotics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 3-12
    3. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 13-21
    4. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 23-31
    5. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 33-47
    6. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 49-56
  3. The Open Hand

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 59-78
    3. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 103-111
    4. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 113-124
    5. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 125-133
  4. Quid Pro Quo

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 137-149
    3. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 151-165
    4. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 167-180
    5. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 181-193
    6. Roberta Kevelson
      Pages 195-202
  5. Interpretation and Value

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203

About this book


Even if Peirce were well understood and there existed· general agreement among Peirce scholars on what he meant by his semiotics, or philosophy of signs, the undertaking of this book-wliich intends to establish a theoretical foundation for a new approach to understanding the interrelations of law, economics, and politics against referent systems of value-would be a risky venture. But since such general agreement on Peirce's work is lacking, one's sense of adventure in ideas requires further qualification. Indeed, the proverbial nerve for failure must in any case be attendant. If one succeeds, one has introduced for further inquiry the strong possibility that should our social systems of law, economics, and politics---our means of interpersonal transaction as a whole-be understood against the theoretical back­ ground of a dynamic, "motion-picture" universe that is continually becoming, that is infinitely developing and changing in response to genuinely novel elements that emerge as existents, then the basic concepts of rights, resources, and reality take on new dimensions of meaning in correspondence with n-dimensional, infinite value judgments or truth-like beliefs which one holds. If such a view, as Peirce maintained, were possible and tenable not only for philosophy but as the basis for action and interaction in the world of human experience and practical affairs, one would readily say that risk taking is a small price for the realization of such possibility.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityReadingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Law as a System of Signs
  • Authors Roberta Kevelson
  • Series Title Topics in Contemporary Semiotics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-42658-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-8241-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-0911-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 344
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Linguistics, general
    Language and Literature
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