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Legal Conversation as Signifier

Jan M. Broekman and Frank Fleerackers

Conversation and argument concerning laws and legal situations take place throughout society and at all levels, yet the language of these conversations differs greatly from that of the courtroom. This insightful book considers the gap between everyday discussion about law and the artificial, technical language developed by lawyers, judges and other legal specialists. In doing so, it explores the intriguing possibilities for future synthesis, a problem often neglected by legal theory.
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Chapter 4: On Hermes Avenue

Jan M. Broekman and Frank Fleerackers

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The final chapter returns to ‘the street’ as component and localization of all ‘talking about law’. Democracy and citizens met on the street in Ancient Greek fifth century BC, and we still know names of those streets and occurrences connected with them. The God Hermes played a central role. Modern times experienced the street as a composite of literary nature before the concept was again closely connected with citizenship, public meaning formation and the scale of public policy. There is no ‘talking about law’ that is not closely connected with the street; its local and cultural dimensions tells us about streets in Antique Athens, in twentieth century Paris and in New York at the beginning of the twenty-first century in an exemplary manner. Keywords Hermes God, sign, message, Street, Locus of law, Passages, Bonds, Theoria, Theoroi

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