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Crossing the Warrior Path
Rechtshistorisches Journal, Volume 16, 1998. Review essay on Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon
“‘It goes back,’” Thomas Pynchon invites us to imagine, “‘ to the second Day of Creation, when ‘G-d made the Firmament, and divided the Waters which were under the Firmament, from the waters which were above the Frimament,’ -- thus the first boundary Line. All else after that, in all History, is but Sub-Division.’”
In the beginning was sub-division, which is to say: In the beginning was the lawsuit. And how different is that from the Word? Are not theology and jurisprudence sister sciences, dedicated to the proper -- or must we today say authoritative? -- interpretation of manifested truths -- or must we say desires? If theology endeavors to rightly discipline the expression of desire, the functional essence of the lawsuit is instead the authoritative resolution of conflicting desires. The traditional bridge between theology and jurisprudence consists, of course, in the latter’s purported subsumption to the former.
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Highlighting the Unknowable
Rechtshistorisches Journal, Volume 14, 1995. Review of Questions of Evidence, ed. J. Chandler, A. Davidson and H. Harootunian
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Risk of the Self: Drucilla Cornell's Transformative Philosophy
Berkeley Women's Law Journal, v. 9 (1994). Review Essay on Drucilla Cornell's work
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