Dogma, or the deep rootedness of obligation

Christodoulidis, E. (2018) Dogma, or the deep rootedness of obligation. In: Matthews, D. and Veitch, S. (eds.) Law, Obligation, Community. Series: Critical studies in jurisprudence. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 3-17. ISBN 9781138300408 (doi:10.4324/9780203733486-1)

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This chapter seeks to make sense of the 'break' in terms of the primacy of obligation as rooted in the 'dogmatic', in the way that Alain Supiot has developed it; and shows that argument alongside the ideal of rootedness, more accurately that of 'taking root', in the work of Simone Weil. The main argument of this chapter is that any assumed correlation between rights and obligation misses the asymmetry that installs the former in a domain of reductive institutional thinking and the latter in the field of the inexhaustible dogmatic resources of legal reason. The emphasis on 'critique' here may appear incongruous if critique, as is customarily assumed, begins with reasons one gives oneself. Interdiction is a wonderful term for the equivocation it carries, as that which on the one hand resists, stems and interrupts and on the other mediates: inter-dicts. The dogmatic provides the institution of contract with its constitutive orientation gives us a platform to thematise the pathological.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Christodoulidis, Professor Emilios
Authors: Christodoulidis, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law

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