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Postmodern Chaos and the Challenge of Pluralism

in Borrowed Knowledge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226429786
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226429809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226429809.003.0009
Postmodern Chaos and the Challenge of Pluralism

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This chapter surveys some of the supposed connections between postmodernism and chaos theory in literature, literary theory, and the law. It begins by looking at some examples of analogies and mismatches between chaos and postmodern literature. It then considers claims of resonances and conflicts between chaos theory and the movement within postmodern literary theory known as deconstruction. Next, it examines the role of chaos theory in postmodern legal thought, especially the work known as critical legal studies. The scrutiny of borrowed knowledge invites a reassessment of the relationships between the various knowledge-making disciplines. The chapter concludes by arguing once more for disciplinary pluralism. A pluralistic openness to a variety of approaches is helpful for more than the specific task of understanding borrowings from chaos theory; it can reshape our conception of knowledge making in general.

Keywords: chaos theory; postmodernism; literature; literary theory; law; deconstruction; legal thought; knowledge

Chapter.  15060 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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