Journal Article

The Political Theology of Private Law

Peter Goodrich

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 11, issue 1, pages 146-161
Published in print January 2013 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online January 2013 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icon/mos039
The Political Theology of Private Law

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The political theology of law has historically been treated as a facet of public law. The character angelicus of the sovereign and the mystic body of the realm bespeak the dual character of the polity rather than of the person. This paper argues that these public facets of legality are but a secondary effect of a private ‘oeconomy’, of the ghostly powers that invisibly govern the regimen animarum, the rule of the soul.

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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