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<i>Interlude:</i> Experience and Multiplicity

Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller

in Rethinking Pluralism

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915262
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915262.003.0008
Interlude: Experience and Multiplicity

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Again using Jewish and Chinese examples, this interlude illustrates how the particularities of context can severely mediate the abstract categories of notational systems. In Judaism, the interlude shows how law almost self-consciously reflects on itself—aware of the ambiguous nature of the experience that it attempts to order and so mitigating its purported absoluteness in the midst of its very pronouncements. The section on China shows how acts of governance tie closely to a recognition of the highly mediated nature of its own legal categories and the endless negotiation that context and experience impose.

Keywords: context; notational systems; absoluteness; governance; legal categories; experience

Chapter.  7228 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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