The Mythology of Modern Law (Sociology of Law and Crime) by Peter Fitzpatrick

By Peter Fitzpatrick

The Mythology of contemporary legislations is an intensive reappraisal of the position of fantasy in smooth society. Peter Fitzpatrick makes use of the instance of legislations, as an quintessential class of recent social concept, to problem the claims of modernity which deny the relevance of delusion to fashionable society.

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Such an identity through becoming does not entail an invariant rejection of myth. Here we must inevitably talk of Greeks and distinctions. The Greeks, like the primitives: ‘had their roots in the primeval slime…but what the myths show is how high they had risen above the ancient filth and fierceness by the time we have any knowledge of them. Only a few traces of that time are to be found in the stories’ (Hamilton 1953:14). These myths are absorbed into the Western tradition as part of the progressive story of transcendence beyond myth, a transcendence intimated by the pre-Socratic philosophers in their 28 MYTH AND MODERNITY elevation of ‘science’ and their pitting of logos against mythos (Cornford 1932)—but the sharpness and significance of the division are debated (cf.

I will now consider some of these as illustrating mythic contents which I deal with later. There are two broad types of metaphor Derrida draws on, both of which correspond to persistent and connected themes in his own thought—metaphors of foundation and force. First, there are varieties of philosophy’s metaphorical ‘foundation’: ‘what is fundamental corresponds to the desire for a firm and ultimate ground, a terrain to build on, the earth as the support of an artificial structure’ (Derrida 1982:224).

A closure is thus effected. The West creates those others in simple opposition to which it is created. The closure is, in a Western perspective, impregnable in that the other cannot speak against it because of the West’s arrogation to itself of truth as singular yet universal. The other is incorporated within that truth yet maintained as other and it cannot deny or disturb the rightness of its inert place within that truth. In this hopeless inadequacy, the other is unable to stand against the European’s all-encompassing sufficiency.

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